India to spend Rs 13K crore on modernising armed forces
The government of India will spend Rs 13,000 crore to upgrade, strengthen and modernize combat capability of the armed forces in the coming five years. The government’s decision has come owing to the complex security threats that the country faces.
Sources reveal that the government will procure a range of critical weapons, missiles fighter jets, submarines and warships for its three forces – Army, Navy and Air Force. The government aims to develop the domestic defence industry and key policy initiatives are expected to be rolled out for it in the coming few months.
The Navy has already finalized a plan to add 200 ships, 500 aircraft, and 24 attack submarines in the next 3-4 years to its already existing 132 ships, 220 aircrafts and 15 submarines.
The government’s immediate priority is to procure 2,600 infantry combat vehicles and 1700 future-ready combat vehicles for the Indian Army and 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the IAF.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to France on October 8 to receive the first Indian Rafale combat aircraft manufactured by French firm Dassault Aviation that will come to India only next year.
Around the same time, an Air Force team will also visit France to sign documents with the French after which the Indian pilots will start training on the advanced Indian Rafale planes.