Under a recently finalized plan, the Army had earlier said that it will be acquiring large number arms at a cost of about Rs 40,000 cr.
Days after the Indian Army came up with one of its biggest procurement plan for infantry modernization, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday claimed that there is no shortage of arms in the armed forces. However, Gen Rawat stated that there is a need of upgrading the weapons of the Army as the technology is gradually advancing.
Addressing the media after the bicentenary celebration of the 9 Gotkha Rifles at 39 Gorkha Training Centre in Varanasi, the Army chief said, “The Army has no shortage of arms. We have to keep modernizing weapons, arms as the technology is upgrading, and we are trying to bring in new and modernised technique ones in our Army.
Under a recently finalized plan, the Army had earlier said that it will be acquiring a large number of light machine guns, battle carbines and assault rifles at a cost of about Rs 40,000 crore. According to an official source, the Army, with the nod from the Defense Ministry will be acquiring 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns (LMGs) and nearly 44,600 carbines. Being the world’s second largest standing army, the Indian Army is now fast-tracking the procurement of its weapon system, keeping in mind the escalating security threats along the country’s borders with Pakistan and China.
Over the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, Gen Rawat stated that the stone pelting incidents in the valley have decreased.
“Stone pelting incidents have come down to some extent. The Army, the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Jammu and Kashmir Police are working together in the state. Solution to this can’t be achieved overnight. The government, intelligence agencies, state administration all are making efforts. Will be successful if things go in this direction, can say this with belief,” said Gen Rawat.
Gen Rawat, along with his family, is on a two-day visit to Varanasi to attend the bicentenary celebration of 9 Gorkha Rifles at 39 Gorkha Training Centre. Earlier in the day, the Army Chief and his family had also visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple to pray “for the safety and security of the jawans on borders”.