New Delhi: The CAG has rapped Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for failing to develop jam-resistant and secure radio sets required by Indian Air Force and thus rendering its entire expenditure of Rs 116 crore unfruitful.
Tabling its report on Defence Services in Parliament on Thursday, the CAG noted the performance of radio sets developed by HAL for IAF was far below its requirement, which led to aborted mission, potentially unsafe situation in the air and low availability of aircraft.
"Audit observed that performance and reliability of newly delivered sets was far below IAF's requirement. Contract specifications in area of frequency range, speech secrecy and anti-jamming, considered vital for flight safety of combat fleet, have not been met," the report said.
Pointing out impact of these equipments, the CAG said, "This has led to aborted missions, potentially unsafe situation in air and low aircraft availability. The Electronic Counter Counter Measure (ECCM) modes have not been proved to be satisfactory on any aircraft."
On the expenditure incurred to develop these sets, the report observed, "Even after spending Rs 116 crore and a considerable period of time, the INCOM (communication) equipment developed could not meet IAF's requirement of jam-resistant and secure radio sets, rendering the entire expenditure unfruitful."
In March 1993, the Defence Ministry had sanctioned a project for designing and developing two sets of airborne and ground-based radio and telephone sets for the three Services at a total cost of Rs 2.62 crore.
"HAL was to offer airborne sets to IAF for flight trials by June 1994 and ground-based sets for trial by March 1995. The INCOM airborne sets were planned for equipping different types of aircraft with aim of indigenisation, uniformity and inter changeability of sets," the audit report said.