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Guns vs Butter-III: Much of Army's war-fighting equipment remains vintage

The third of a five-part series looks at the state of the Army's weaponry and the need for greater funding to transition to a more state-of-the-art arsenal

Army, Defence

In recommending that the Army must be allocated the funding it has demanded, the standing committee has played up its role

Ajai Shukla

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The 36th report of the 17th Lok Sabha’s standing committee on defence, which was tabled before Parliament on March 21, reveals that an unduly high proportion of the Army’s war-fighting equipment remains obsolescent.

While discussing the recommendation made in 2018 by the standing committee on defence that one-third of the Army’s equipment must be state-of-the-art and one-third in the contemporary category, the remaining one-third could be vintage equipment, an Army representative stated: “You are right. It was 30:40:30. Thirty per cent was to be new-generation (new-gen) equipment, 40 per cent to be current equipment, and 30 per cent could be older-generation

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First Published: Mar 30 2023 | 9:01 PM IST

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