Sources on Wednesday said the Army has received 10,000 of the 72,400 rifles ordered from US firm SiG Sauer for Rs 638 crore in February this year under the fast-track procurement (FTP) route for critical operational requirements.
The Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, the main cradle for officers, and the OTA in Chennai will take in more cadets every year because their capacities too are under-utilised. The Sikh Light Infantry regimental centre will shift to the OTA premises in Gaya from its existing location in Fatehgarh in Uttar Pradesh, sources said on Tuesday.
The impending transfer of the INS Sindhuvir is part of India’s continuing policy to counter China’s strategic inroads into Myanmar. The 3,000-tonne INS Sindhuvir may be 31 years old but it has undergone regular refits in India and Russia over the years, with the latest modernisation work being undertaken on the diesel-electric boat in Visakhapatnam.
TOI had reported on May 14 that the Army had sounded alarm over the unacceptably high number of accidents taking place in the field due to poor quality of ammunition being supplied for tanks, artillery, air defence and other guns by the OFB, which has 41 ordnance factories under it with an annual budget of over Rs 15,000 crore.
None of the major ‘Make in India’ projects in the defence arena, ranging from new-generation stealth submarines, minesweepers and light utility helicopters to infantry combat vehicles, transport aircraft and fighter jets, have actually taken off in the last six years. The long-pending projects are either stuck or still meandering.
Just after its first tri-service war game with the US concluded last week, India is now all set to hold exercises with Russia and China almost simultaneously next month. India is also clear it will not ignore its neighbourhood in this continuing thrust on "defence diplomacy", lining up exercises with Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.
The armed forces are either slowing down modernisation projects or slashing operational requirements due to severe fund crunch. The grim situation can also be gauged from the fact that arms acquisition cases are piling up in the Cabinet committee on security without being cleared due to the lack of funds.
The Indian Navy has selected its first woman officer for the post of a defence attaché abroad. Sources said Lt-Commander (equivalent to an Army Major) Karabi Gogoi, a naval engineer currently posted at the Karwar base in coastal Karnataka, has been selected for the post of the assistant naval attaché also at the Indian embassy in Russia.
India wants Russia to speed up the delivery schedule of the advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system. The faster delivery of the five squadrons of S-400, under the $5.43 billion deal inked in October 2018, will be discussed in the 19th India-Russia intergovernmental commission on military and military technical cooperation.
The defence establishment plans to seek the Cabinet Committee on Security’s approval for the detailed design and prototype development of the advanced medium combat aircraft by early next year with the IAF committed to the development of FGFA.
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