Leaked let­ter re­veals army’s weak­nesses

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NEW DELHI | In­dia’s army chief says the coun­try’s se­cu­rity is at risk, with army tanks run­ning out of am­mu­ni­tion and its air de­fense sys­tem ob­so­lete, in an­other em­bar­rass­ment for In­dia’s be­lea­guered gov­ern­ment.

The pri­vate let­ter from Gen. Vi­jay Kumar Singh to Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh was dis­cussed in Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day af­ter it had been leaked to a na­tional news­pa­per and tele­vi­sion sta­tions.

De­fense Min­is­ter A.K. Antony said the gov­ern­ment was ad­dress­ing the con­cerns raised.

In the let­ter, the army chief claimed nearly all of In­dia’s air de­fense equip­ment was out-of-date and that the state of the ar­tillery, air de­fense and in­fantry was “alarm­ing.”

Gen. Singh said the army was “de­void of crit­i­cal am­mu­ni­tion to de­feat en­emy tanks” and that the coun­try’s air de­fense sys­tem was “97 per­cent ob­so­lete.”

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