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

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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