IN­DIA MAY SIGN ANTI-TANK AM­MU­NI­TION SUP­PLY CON­TRACT WITH RUS­SIA

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The In­dian Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) is likely to sign a con­tract with Rus­sia for the de­liv­ery of sev­eral thou­sands of anti-tank shells, to ad­dress the se­vere short­age of crit­i­cal am­mu­ni­tion faced by the na­tional army’s ar­moured ve­hi­cle fleet. Un­named de­fence min­istry of­fi­cials were quoted by Press Trust of In­dia as say­ing that the Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity (CCS) has re­cently cleared the pro­posal to ac­quire a to­tal of 66,000 Mango anti-tank shells from Rus­sia. The deal will also in­clude the trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy on the pro­duc­tion tech­niques of the spe­cialised tank am­mu­ni­tion to the Ord­nance Fac­tory Board (OFB) to fa­cil­i­tate indige­nous pro­duc­tion, the sources added. The clear­ance fol­lows a let­ter sent by the for­mer army chief Gen­eral V.K. Singh to the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh, point­ing that only three to four days of tank am­mu­ni­tion was left in the in­ven­tory of the ar­moured reg­i­ments.

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