Indian Government to spend USD 130 Billion to ModerniZe India Armed Forces

Indian Government to spend USD 130 Billion to ModerniZe India Armed Forces

Indian Government to spend USD 130 Billion to ModerniZe India Armed Forces

Indian Government has firmed up a mega plan to spend USD 130 billion to strengthen its  combat capability of the armed forces in the next five to seven years.

India Government has decided on a broad plan to speed up modernization of the Indian Armed Forces under which a range of critical weapons, missiles, fighter jets, warships and submarines will be inducted in to the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy respectively in the next few years. 

According to the sources, Indian Government's main priority is to fast-track modernisation of Infantry, including procuring 2,600 infantry combat vehicles and 1,700 future ready combat vehicles for the Indian Army. 

Another main priority is to introduce 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force. Indian Air Forces's 17 Squadron to be resurrected on Tuesday; to be first Rafale unit "Indian government will spend USD 130 billion for fleet modernisation in the next 5-7 years across all armed forces." 

Since very long, Indian Armed Forces have been pushing for adequate allocation of funds so that they are always well prepared to deal any possibility of a "two-front" war on both northern and western borders of the country.

According to sources, government is aware of China significantly increasing its air and naval powers, adding the aim is to equip both the the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy with capabilities at par with its adversaries. 

To strengthen its operational capability, the Indian Navy has already finalized a plan to introduce 200 ships, 500 aircraft and 24 attack submarines in the next 3-4 years. At present, the Indian Navy has around 132 ships, 220 aircraft and 15 submarines.

The Govt of India is also working on a mega defence project to make the airspace over its all major cities, which includes Delhi and Mumbai virtually impregnable. It is also inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system Agni V which is expected to significantly strengthen the country's air defence system.

The Agni V missile, has a strike range of 5,000 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Very few countries, including the US, China, Russia, France and North Korea, have this type of intercontinental ballistic missiles. 

Jai Hind
Rohit Thakur

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