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Budget likely to raise military spending slightly, delaying modernisation

The army, a large part of which is deployed on the border with traditional foe Pakistan, has been seeking everything from assault rifles to surveillance drones and body armour

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

The government is likely to stick to a modest rise in defence spending in the 2019/2020 budget due on Friday because of government finances, officials said, further delaying a long-planned military modernisation programme. India's air force desperately needs hundreds of combat planes and helicopters to replace its Soviet-era aircraft while the navy has long planned for a dozen submarines to counter the expanding presence of the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean. The army, a large part of which is deployed on the border with traditional foe Pakistan, has been seeking everything ...

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First Published: Wed, July 03 2019. 16:21 IST
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