Unprecedented neglect of the defence sector during past decade of UPA 1 and 2 tenures has been disastrous for military modernisation and capability building of the Indian armed forces. The army is the greatest sufferer in this regard because it needs replacement of nearly all its weapon systems - - vation helicopters which are in an and self-propelled howitzers for - cles (UAVs) and their combat vari - and various category of ammunition to build up the stocks of war of a given duration in the future. This is the state at a time when we are facing a possibly a two-front scenario with Pakistan in the west and China in the north and east. A comparative assessment would highlight the fact that we are today to our potential adversaries as we were in 1962 when we suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Chinese.
After a decade of neglect un modernisation is gradually picking up pace under the NDA Government. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has accorded AON (acceptance of necessity) approval to modernisation projects worth over ` In keeping with Prime Minister Narendra ModiÕs policy of ÔMake - proved weapons systems will be procured with transfer of technology (ToT) and manufactured in - developed and manufactured.
Unfortunately our political leaders do not inform the public that from acceptance of necessity (AON) to the weapon system arriving on the ground may take - it would defeat imagination. The light combat aircraft of IAF took the world had moved to fourth - years plus considering that the work started in 1972. Thus if the army has now taken the decision to introduce a 7.62mm calibre the previous trials and if it is a which also implies establishing a period is a safe bet.
Let us have a look at the government to government agreement between India and Russia 226T light helicopters under the ÔMake in IndiaÕpolicy. Presently there is no clarity on as to how this project will move forward and both sides seem to be struggling to meet the challenging require helicopters in India. The recent statement of the Russians about their working with the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to iron out the various contentious issues and that the signing of the contract is likely by year end is a pos - tion into reality seems a distant dream. There is no factory on the ground at Tumkuru where it is to be built. Given our governmentÕs track record of such deals like howitzer programme (four years in the pipeline) and the air forceÕs MMRCA Rafale project (nine 226T helicopter project by end of the year does not inspire much about the army modernisation have been given in the article on of Modernisation.Ó
not be doing justice to our soldiery if we do not make mention Pay CommissionÕs recommendations which have gravely hurt the sentiments of the serving as well as the retired soldiery. The three the Air Force Ñ have represented - The armed forces have set forth four demands before the estab demands would eliminate the feeling of discrimination which is felt by cadres across the defence sector. According to the armed - enth Pay Commissions have sig
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