Defense News - India
|Friday, April 27, 2012, 08:14 AM|
|Armed forces of India want to modernize its artillery units in the past two decades.|
Artillery equipments for the Indian army procured / upgraded in the past
two decades includes Pinaka Rocket System; Smerch Rocket System; BrahMos
Missile System and Upgradation of 130mm gun to 155mm/45 calibre. Procurement
of new generation Artillery is in consonance with Artillery Profile 2027.
This profile has a mix of 155mm/39 calibre, 155mm/45 calibre and 155mm/52
calibre gun system.
Smerch 300mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System of Indian army
Modernization of Indian Armed Forces is an ongoing process. Chief of Army Staff apprises the status to the Government from time to time. The Army follows a philosophy of having a mix of legacy equipment, equipment with matured technology and state-of-art equipment. The Guns presently held with Air Defence are not of World War II vintage nor the ammunition levels are low to the levels reported in media. However, some deficiencies do exist in some categories of ammunition. Divulging further details would not be in the interest of national security.
Modernisation of Indian Army is undertaken on a continuous basis which entails the replacement/upgradation of equipments of older technology. Presently, a number of proposals for upgradation of the existing Air Defence Guns and procurement of ammunition are at various stages of implementation/procurement.
Modernisation of the Indian Armed Forces is a continuous process based on threat perception, operational challenges, technological changes and available resources. The process is based on a 15 year Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), five year Services Capital Acquisition Plan (SCAP) and Annual Acquisition Plan (AAP). These plans also cater for the Northern/Chinese borders.
The LTIPP 2012-2027 for the Armed Forces has been finalised and duly approved by the DAC on 02 April 2012. The five year Defence Plan has also been formulated.
Pinaka MLRS Multiple launch Rocket System of Indian army
The operational preparedness of the Indian Armed Forces continues to remain at the desired level and in a state of readiness to meet any eventualities. Shortage of any weapons/ammunition, as and when reported, is adequately addressed through indigenous production and import. The Ministry has been persistently making endeavors to address any deficiencies reported, to ensure that the Defence Forces remains equipped with necessary weapon systems at all times. Divulging any further detail may not be in the interest of National Security.
Government of India is closely watching all activities in the border area and reviews the threat perception regularly. Required measures have been initiated for strengthening, optimizing and modernizing our force structure including military bases as well as infrastructure development in consonance with our threat perception to secure our borders.
Government of India has identified strategically important border roads for development along the India-China Border. As per a long term perspective plan, other roads and strategic railway lines have been identified for development along the India-China and India-Pakistan borders.
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