ED­I­TO­RIAL

SP's LandForces - - LEAD STORY - Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

In over 19 months in power, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi seems to be fac­ing more chal­lenges now than in the pe­riod when he was was bold and dy­namic es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the fact that the opinion mak­ers were ap­pre­hen­sive about his abil­ity to ca­pa­bly steer - matic achieve­ments have si­lenced - gres­sive diplo­matic out­reach saw him un­der­tak­ing 37 for­eign trips world lead­ers has given a new and dif­fer­ent mean­ing to In­dian pol­icy push has not soft­ened the op­po­si­tion, es­pe­cially the Congress Party which con­tin­ues to op­pose any­thing and ev­ery­thing

While the Prime Min­is­terÕs for­eign pol­icy push is to be ad­mired, - dead­lock of stalled talks seemed to have been bro­ken af­ter Modi and Nawaz Shar­ifÕs un­sched­uled meet­ing at cli­mate change talks Prime Min­is­terÕs sur­prise meet­ing with his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Nawaz Sharif in La­hore on his way back home af­ter a day-long trip to Afghanistan and a two-day visit to new year saw the at­tempts to re­sume the com­pre­hen­sive di­a­logue process with Pak­istan re­ceiv­ing a sud­den jolt by the ter­ror at­tack in Pathankot by Pak­istan-based it re­mains to be seen how this situ

Nearer home, the wors­en­ing situation in Nepal and Mal­dives pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments, how­ever In­dia will have to bal­ance its equa­tion with the mil­i­tary and the politi

- ited a poor state of econ­omy in mid pre­sented by the gov­ern­ment has been termed as a Òlost op­por­tu­ni­tyÓ; the gov­ern­ment failed to utilise its hon­ey­moon pe­riod to push ma­jor struc­tural re­forms and the econ­omy

Let us now have a look at the de­fence mod­erni­sa­tion in the se­vere and un­prece­dented ne­glect by the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of the coun­try un­der UPA rule to mod­ernise the three Ser­vices has left them gasp­ing for breath to stay alive and rel­e­vant to the roles and mis­sions ear­marked for

As far as the Army is con (Retd), a for­mer Chief of Army Staff (COAS), wrote a let­ter re­gard­ing the sta­tus of equip­ment in the Army to the Prime Min­is­ter on the mis­sion re­li­a­bil­ity of mech­a­nised ve­hi­cles was poor, the ar­tillery was ob­so­lete and in­ad­e­quate, air de­fence was an­ti­quated, ar­mour was un­re­li­able due to reg­u­lar bar­rel ac­ci­dents caused by mis­match be­tween in­dige­nous bar­rels and am­mu­ni­tion, night avi­a­tion corps he­li­copters needed ur­gent re­place­ments, and hold­ings of all types of mis­siles, an­ti­tank and spe­cialised am­mu­ni­tion

Fol­low­ing this it seems that the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) had track ac­qui­si­tions and the list of - proved marginally only in re­spect ex­ist­ing short­ages is the new rais­ing of the Moun­tain Strike Corps for our East­ern theatre, which is ex­pected to re­duce the ArmyÕs re­serve stocks called ÔWar Wastage Re­servesÕin terms of equip cap­i­tal bud­get, which is meant for pro­cure­ment of equip­ment, when an­a­lysed for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 seem to sug­gest that - ment sta­tus of the Army will come

MoD of May 2015 have gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able in­ter­est in the In­dian de­fence in­dus­try and have shown gov­ern­men­tÕs re­solve in pre­fer­ring - bus com­bine for the man­u­fac­ture of trans­port air­craft to re­place the of 16 C-295 air­craft off the shelf from the for­eign ven­dor and man­u­fac­ture of 40 air­craft in In­dia with com­plete trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy to a game-chang­ing ini­tia­tive as it is con­sid­ered to be an ideal plat­form for the in­te­gra­tion of the pri­vate sec­tor and the devel­op­ment of al­ter­nate fa­cil­i­ties for the man­u­fac

- volves the ac­qui­si­tion 145 pieces of M777 ul­tra-light how­itzers from the US through the for­eign mil­i­tary sales for close to ` BAE Sys­tems has agreed to shift its com­plete Ôassem­bly, in­te­gra­tion and test­ing Õfa­cil­ity to In­dia and the guns would be man­u­fac­tured in partnership with an In­dian close to $200 mil­lion is ex­pected Fi­nally, in a land­mark de­ci­sion, the gov­ern­ment has ap­proved a Rus­sian pro­posal to - mov light he­li­copters in In­dia, with - par­ent that the above men­tioned ÔMake in In­dia Õ ini­tia­tives are the har­bin­ger of much big­ger plans to re­duce de­pen­dence on im­ports: the in­dige­nous de­fence in­dus­try, - er­ing mod­erni­sa­tion, Pathankot ter­ror strike, re­sump­tion of In­doPak talks and in­fus­ing tech­nol­ogy

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