HARD­WARE CRUNCH

The funds shortage will mean post­pone­ment of key hard­ware buys that are close to ac­qui­si­tion. Most of th­ese are meant to re­place ob­so­lete plat­forms from the 1980s

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1 Am­mu­ni­tion `9,980 cr

For ar­tillery, rocket launch­ers and tanks. In­cludes am­mu­ni­tion pur­chased on fast track af­ter the 2016 sur­gi­cal strikes

2 He­li­copters `6,600 cr

The army needs 200 Rus­sian Kamov Ka226T he­li­copters the gov­ern­ment se­lected in a G2G deal in 2015 to re­place its age­ing Chetak and Chee­tah fleet; 60 chop­pers to be pro­cured from Rus­sia, it will make an­other 140 in In­dia

3 Anti-tank mis­siles `3,186 cr

The army to ac­quire 1,600 Spike mis­sile launch­ers and 8,356 launch­ers di­rectly from Is­rael un­der a deal that was can­celled in Jan­uary but res­ur­rected as a G2G deal. It is re­port­edly in the fi­nal stages of ne­go­ti­a­tions

4 Quick re­ac­tion sur­face-to-air mis­siles `4,500 cr

Eight reg­i­ments of mis­siles to re­place Soviet-man­u­fac­tured Osa-AK, SA-6 mis­siles which pro­tect ad­vanc­ing Strike Corps from air at­tack. Deal in fi­nal stages of clear­ance

5 VSHORADs `6,140 cr

Man por­ta­ble an­ti­air­craft mis­siles— 5,175 launch­ers, 16,744 mis­siles to re­place 1980s vin­tage Soviet-made IGLA-1M mis­siles. Three con­tenders have fin­ished trial eval­u­a­tion

6 Small arms `16,000 cr

748,000 as­sault ri­fles to be bought for Rs 12,280 crore for the three ser­vices. Largest small arms buy for armed forces in­cludes 5,719 sniper ri­fles, 17,000 light ma­chine guns. 72,000 as­sault ri­fles, 94,000 car­bines, to be im­ported for Rs 3,547 crore

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