Weapons procurement exercise in India is like a jamboree with ring master being the Defence Secretary, who has all the powers but little or no accountability and/or responsibility for inordinate delays in acquisition, which has a direct bearing on national security.
Article was written in 2007 and highlights the plight of the three services. Ironic it may seem but Service Chiefs have no powers in as far as weapon acquisition is concerned. Political considerations and whims and fancy of Ministry of Finance and Defence Secretary combine rule the roost. I was invited to speak at United Services Institutions on the issue in 2007.