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Indian Army Modernization On Track: Chief of Army General MM Naravane | India News


NEW DELHI: The modernization of the Indian Army is well under way, Army Chief General MM Naravane said, dismissing fears about the need to dedicate more resources to protect the Royal Line of Control in the face of the protracted clash with China in eastern Ladakh. it can forcibly deprive the funds to buy new weapons and platforms.
Emphasizing his point, Gen Naravane said 59 contracts worth 21 billion rupees have been concluded since last fiscal year, while a number of other equity acquisition proposals are pending.
In an exclusive interview with the PTI, he said that the Army’s modernization campaign has been carried out without any difficulty and that the necessary resources are being provided by the government.
“The Indian Army’s modernization drive is on the right track. Recently, 15 contracts worth more than Rs 16 billion have been concluded under normal procurement plans and 44 contracts worth 5 billion have been concluded. rupees in 2020-21 in emergency procurement, “General Naravane said.
“Several capital acquisition proposals are also being carried out at the same time,” said the Army Chief of Staff.
He responded to a question on whether the much-needed modernization of the Army has been impacted due to the need to allocate increased resources to maintain large numbers of troops to protect the LAC in eastern Ladakh and elsewhere in the wake of the fighting. since the last year.
“We are not facing any difficulties,” he said, referring to the drive for modernization.
In February, the government allocated Rs Rs 4.78 lakh crore for the defense budget for 2021-22. Of the total allocation, Rs 135 060 crore was set aside for capital expenditures including the purchase of new weapons, aircraft, warships and other military equipment.
The capital outlay for 2021-22 is an increase of 18.75 percent compared to last year’s allocation of Rs 1,13,734 crore.
In recent years, military experts have been advocating for a rapid modernization of the Indian armed forces to effectively deal with China’s growing assertiveness.
More than a year has passed since the military confrontation between the two parties broke out in eastern Ladakh on May 5 during which there were deaths on both sides for the first time in 45 years.
They have made limited progress in achieving disengagement in the Pangong Lake area, while negotiations for similar steps elsewhere have remained stalled.
General Naravane said that the Indian Army is currently holding on to all important areas in the high altitude region and has adequate personnel in the form of “reserves” to react to any contingency.
Each side currently has between 50,000 and 60,000 soldiers throughout LAC in the sensitive sector.
Ties between the two countries came under severe strain after deadly clashes in the Galwan Valley, after which both sides rushed to send thousands of additional troops, as well as battle tanks and other large weapons to the region.
Nine months after the military confrontation at multiple sticking points, both sides completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the north and south shores of Lake Pangong in February as part of an agreement reached after a series of military and diplomatic talks.
The two sides have held 11 rounds of military talks to ensure disengagement and reduced escalation at sticking points. Both armies are now in talks to extend the disengagement process to the remaining sticking points.

Times of India