India’s Defense Ministry has approved the purchase of new weapons and military equipment from the United States for military members deployed on the China-Pakistan border. A total of Rs.2,290 crore has been allocated for the purchase of various equipment including about 72,000 cig salt assault rifles. The approval was given in the Defense Procurement Council (DAC) meeting of the country on Monday (26 September). The Council is the highest decision making body of the Indian Armed Forces. This information came from the broadcast media NDTV report.
The United States is a major source of defense for India. Many times, Delhi has bought billions of dollars of military equipment from the country. Apart from the assault rifle, the Indian Defense Ministry on Monday approved the purchase of weapons from the United States, including state-of-the-art Air Destroyer Weapons (SAAW) for the Air Force and Navy, at a cost of Rs 960 crore.
An Indian Defense Ministry official said that the meeting chaired by the minister of the ministry, Rajnath Singh, approved the purchase of various weapons and military equipment. Of this, Rs 70 crore will be spent to purchase 72,000 Sig Saw Assault Rifles for frontline members of the Indian Army.
For the past few years, the Indian Army has been implementing weapons modernization programs. A large number of light machine guns, battle carbines and assault rifles have already been purchased under this. And with that, the old weapons have been replaced.
In October 2016, the Indian Army began the process of procuring about 700,000 rifles, 44,000 light machine guns (LMG) and about 44,600 carbines. The Indian government says that it has taken steps to modernize weapons by analyzing the situation on the Pakistan-China border.
Apart from lethal weapons, India’s Defense Ministry has also approved the purchase of high-tech radio equipment at a cost of Rs 540 crore to maintain communication on the battlefield. With the help of HF radio sets, wireless communication between army personnel deployed on the battlefield and air force will be easier.
India is buying these weapons and military equipment when it is at a standstill with the Chinese army in eastern Ladakh.