⏩Graphical Presentation of Strengths and Critical Gaps of Indian Army.
⏩What Measures Have Been Taken By Government to Bridge Each of These Gaps.
This was the scenario before Present government came to power.
Each of the concern is being addressed and more or fewer orders have been placed or will be placed before the current term expires.
🔛155 mm Dhanush wheeled guns have been ordered, first K9 Vajra self-propelled howitzer has rolled out from L&T plant on 4 August 2018 (Defence Ministry has ordered 100 howitzers for Rs. 4500 crores), Tata’s Mounted guns are around the corner, and order for 145 BAE Systems’ M-777 guns at 💲737 million has already been placed. Defence Express reported that Army is close to issuing fresh AoN (Acceptance of Necessity) for 814 mounted guns valued at Rs. 15,750 crore, after which Request for Proposal will be issued by Government without delay. It is part of Army’s Rs.50,000 crore Field Artillery Rationalisation plan to induct varied types of 3000 artillery guns by 2027. Dhanush guns’ trials have been successfully completed, 6 guns manufactured by OFB are being acquired, and Army has asked OFB to immediately start manufacture of 12 more guns. Delay in other indigenous guns is due to minor technical glitches. In fact ,the government wants to leave no stone unturned as compared to foreign made guns, because once inducted they will last for 2-3 decades. Still all types of artillery acquisition is on course for completion by 2027. Do you know since when it was pending before – since 1999.
🔛💲1.5 billion Tender for acquiring 61 Close-in-weapon air defence systems from domestic manufacturers has already been issued this January
🔛Defence Minister on May 28 had passed acquisition worth Rs. 6900 crore for Indian made Night Vision Equipment.
🔛Defence Express reported yesterday Light Combat helicopter is undergoing trials currently in hot weather. Everybody including Government is eager to see their induction in Indian Army at the earliest. India bought 22 Apaches and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters worth $3 billion under a government-to-government deal with the US in 2015, but that wwasappropriated by Air Force. Last year it ordered six additional Apache AH-64E helicopters valued at Rs 4,168 crore for the Indian Army. Now the natural course of action would be to first watch the earlier order and then order more. So 39 more Apache helicopters are to be ordered for Indian Army.
🔛 Defence Planning Committee (DPC) headed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval made it clear on May 7 that the priority of the military should be to have adequate ammunition inventory for a 30-day war rather than acquiring hi-tech high-value weapons platforms from foreign arms makers. Defence Minister has already cleared local manufacture of 8 types of ammunition. Firms have been shortlisted.
🔛 Defence Acquisition Council has already approved the procurement of DRDO’s designed and developed 300 NAG Missile Systems (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore and 25 modified BMP-2 ‘NAMICA’ carrier vehicles. As a stop-gap Purchase proposal for 4500 Spike missiles from Israel is at an advanced stage and order will be placed before ta erm of the government expires. DRDO has promised to deliver NAG for trials before the end of 2018. Mass production of NAG will start in 2021.
🔛On 19 July, 2018 it was reported that scores of new weapons have been ordered for Indian Special Forces.
The Para SF commandos will soon have Finnish Sako sniper rifles, Swedish Carl Gustaf Mark-4 lightweight rocket-launchers, Italian Beretta pistols with silencers in their arsenal as the deal has already been finalized with the respective defence companies.
The over 1,000 Marine Commandos (Marcos) of the Indian Navy are getting Russian VSS suppressed sniper rifles (Vintorez) which can fire the heavy subsonic 9×39mm SP5 cartridge and armor-piercing SP6 cartridge. According to The Times of India, the Marcos will also have air-droppable rubberized inflatable boats, remotely-operated underwater vehicles for explosive disposal, combat free-fall parachutes, hands-free power ascenders and opposed boarding equipment and two “midget submarines” under a Rs 2,017 crore project.
The IAF currently has 15 flights of Garud commandos with 900 personnel and the force is already raising 12 more flights of the specially trained troops. After getting 65 micro-UAVs, Garud commandos will soon have more power sniper rifles, thermal sights to track and take down targets in the dark and breaching ammunition to destroy door deadbolts, locks, and hinges.