IN­DIAN MOD TO IN­VEST $0.1 TRIL­LION FOR FU­TUR­IS­TIC WAR­FARE WEAPONS

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The In­dian Min­istry of De­fence ( MoD) is plan­ning to ac­quire a wide range of ad­vanced do­mes­ti­cally man­u­fac­tured equip­ment at the cost of ` 6 tril­lion ($0.1 tril­lion) to help pre­pare the armed forces for fu­tur­is­tic war­fare over the next 15 years. In­volv­ing ro­bots, pre­ci­sion-guided mis­siles and watch­dog satel­lites, the pro­cure­ment is sched­uled to be car­ried out ‘with­out com­pro­mis­ing trans­parency, fair­ness and pro­bity at any level’. The re­lease of the MoD’s Tech­nol­ogy and Ca­pa­bil­ity Roadmap (TCR) doc­u­ment rep­re­sented the Min­istry’s ef­fort to make both the do­mes­tic pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor in­dus­try aware about the re­quire­ments of the armed forces. High­light­ing the im­por­tance of ro­bots in ground bat­tles, the doc­u­ment said the sys­tems would be re­quired by the Army for as­sis­tance dur­ing sur­veil­lance, re­con­nais­sance, anti-mine and anti-im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IED) role, as well as ur­ban area com­bat and ca­su­alty ex­trac­tion mis­sions.

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