Military geared up to spend billions on upgrading tanks and more firepower
The Indian Army continues expand and equip itself as a result of security review done last year gave it more financial power
In a recent move to up its military ante, projects worth thousands of crores have been approved by the defence ministry to sharpen the fighting capability of its tanks and infantry combat vehicles.
This comes immediately after the national auditor recently revealed gaping holes in the military’s battle readiness, a report in the Hindustan Times stated.
The approved projects include ammunition for more than 1,500 Russian-origin BMP-2/2K infantry combat vehicles, top-end missiles for 3,000 T-90/T-72 tanks and lakhs of rounds of L-70 air defence guns, as per official statements.
According to the report, there are several documents of the Indian army indicating a requirement of nine lakh rounds of advanced 30 mm ammunition for the BMPs that can be fired from the existing guns without any design modifications.
Each round could cost upto Rs 15,000 as per the army’s estimates.
The Department of Defence Production sealed the deal for the purchase of 3,000 third-generation missiles for the army’s tank fleet which have a range of 8 km and a shelf life of five years. These missiles reportedly have a ‘hit probability greater than 90 percent on a standard NATO tank.”
An additional Rs 2,500 crore will be spent on army’s T-90 fleet for armouring them with vehicle protection and countermeasure system that deflects or destroy threats from guided missiles, rocket propelled grenades and rockets. This will go a long way in enhancing the sustenance of tanks in combat.
The T-90 fleet will also be installed with the 1,200-1,500 HP engines to cater for high battle field agility. The Indian army presently will need 2,011 such engines.
Further, 3.3 lakh rounds of ammunition will be bought for the L-70 air defence guns over the next 12 years.A sum of Rs 20,000 crore has been sought by the government to accelerate the military’s modernisation, and in July the centre also enhanced the army’s financial powers to meet critical deficiencies in ammunition, spares and different types of armament.