India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft enters Mars orbit Sep 24 | ISRO creates history by going beyond the blue in first attempt | Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnesses the success at ISRO headquarters in Bangalore | MOM is in orbit between 423 km at the nearest point and 80,000 km on the farthest from the red planet | NASA splashes Congratulatons to ISRO on its website | NASA already has its MAVEN spacecraft in the Mars orbit | NASA and ISRO will exchange data | MARS is the closest planet to earth but signs of life are yet to be determined | IAF marks 50 years of 1965 Indo-Pak War | India welcomes agreement between Afghan leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah | Pakistan appoints new ISI chief and top army commanders | United Kingdom Stays | Scotch Spirit for Unity Prevails | Scot Voters Reject Independence by a Majority Vote in Referendum | Border issues dominate talks as India, China agree to boost trade, investment | Visiting Chinese President Xi says China will work 'friendly determination' to resolve border issues | Talks positive between two countries | T Suvarna Raju to be next HAL chairman | As HAL's Director Design & Development, Raju has been responsible for the LCA and helicopter projects | Boeing Delivers 5th P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Indian Navy | Boeing working on Next Generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) program | The existing JSTARS fleet, built by Northrop Grumman on old Boeing 707 airframes, was first deployed in 1990 Gulf War |
 

Indian Army uncertain about Guns procurement

 

 
 
By Sangeeta Saxena Published: January 2012
 
 
 
   

New Delhi. The Indian Army is still bogged down by delays in the procurement of artillery guns.

 

Addressing his annual Army Day press conference, Chief of Army Staff Gen VK Singh said that somehow all efforts to acquire various guns over the past several years had failed. It was like a Snakes and Ladders game with no ladders.

“The procurement game is a version of snakes and ladders where there is no ladder but only snakes, and if the snakes bite you somewhere, the whole thing comes back to zero,” he said adding that he was hopeful of some guns to be cleared for acquisition shortly.

It was 25 years ago that the Indian Army had acquired Bofors guns from Sweden. There were allegations of payback of around Rs 64 crores. The gun had come with designs for production in India, with the much-needed Transfer of Technology, but its production was never undertaken by the designated public sector body, the Ordnance Factory Board.

Nonetheless, the Indian Army used the guns exceedingly well in the 1999 Kargil War to demolish fortified Pakistani army positions.

Bofors has since been sold several times to US and British companies.

There has also been a proposal to acquire 145 ultra light howitzers M777 from the BAE Systems’s US arm. But it is also stuck somewhere.

The Army has plans to buy four types of modern guns. Besides the US, French, British and Singapore companies have been in the race.

Said Gen Singh: “We have put in place a very comprehensive and a very well thought out plan by which both indigenous development, certain amount of acquisition and certain amount of joint ventures have been meshed together. So that in years to come we get out of this type of the problem.”

The Army Chief said that procurements worth about Rs 5000 crores (US$ one billion-plus) were on the anvil, and that gaps in equipment were being systematically filled.

He observed that appropriate steps towards transformation of the 1.1 million strong Army, to make it more responsive and lethal, were underway. Networking was one important area in that direction. Threats in both the western and northern fronts were on his agenda.

Gen Singh pointed out that transformation is not conceptual. “We are looking at structural changes in the strike corps. We have a proactive strategy in place.”

The overall focus is to develop our military capabilities, that can take care of the envisaged threats and challenges, which may manifest in the foreseeable future. The process entails optimisation of our operational preparedness and functional capabilities, through upgradation of our concepts and technologies as also reorganization and restructuring of our formations. The process will be suitably complemented by fielding, theatrised combat as well as logistic support systems,” he said, adding: “Our government has taken adequate steps, for large scale infrastructure development in our border areas, to meet the security requirements, as also improving the connectivity, to facilitate overall development of the border areas”

About jointness, the Army Chief said that “post the establishment of HQ IDS, the Indian Armed Forces, have embarked on the path to achieve it. Conceptualisation and promulgation of joint doctrines, including the visualisation of’Limited War against a Nuclear Backdrop, forms an important facet of our integrated approach.”

To a query about the breach in fencing along the Line of Control and International Border, the Army Chief said the fence had come up very recently but the troops have been protecting the boundaries and preventing infiltration for much longer time.

On being asked about confidence building measures with Myanmar he said,”Meetings between the two sides’ troops was happening at three levels. A regional committee has been proposed to be set up at border which will be headed by a three-star officer and will have members from the paramilitary, border guarding forces and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).”

Gen Singh said that the Army would like to avoid being sucked into anti-naxal operations. He said the involvement of the Indian Army in anti-naxal operations would make its adversaries happy. The Army Chief said in the various counter terrorist and counter insurgency operations undertaken by the Army in 2011, 11 officers, 8 JCOs and 46 men had lost their lives.

Enumerating the Army's achievements, Gen Singh said that it had contributed to 44 peacekeeping missions out of the 69 launched by UN. “We have deployed 7239 personnel in seven UN missions worldwide.

 
  © India Strategic  
     
   
 
Top Stories
Indian Navy LCA to soon begin test flights
Boeing Forecasts Demand for 36,770 New Airplanes Valued at $5.2 Trillion
Boeing, Emirates Finalize Order for 150 777Xs
IAF plans early induction of Rafale
VVIP Helicopter: IAF to upgrade Mi-17 V5
NASA and Boeing Sign Space Launch System Contract
Airbus takes a leap with A320neo
Airbus Ready with Contract for A330 MRTT for IAF
BrahMos marks Grand Success with $ 5 billion worth of Orders
Tata group to Produce Dornier 228 NG Fuselage and Wings
US Navy has its first four star Lady Admiral
US to sell more Harpoon missiles for Indian Navy
Boeing Offers Next-Generation KC-46 Tanker in Korea Competition
Boeing Delivers 1,500th 747
Indian Navy sends Warship to US for Exercise
Indian Tata group produces first Advanced Composite Floor for Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Northrop Grumman Receives $3.6 Billion Multiyear Contract for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft
India puts five foreign satellites into orbit
Sikorsky Awarded US Air Force Contract to Develop New Combat Rescue Helicopter
Nexter, L&T and Ashok Leyland team up for Indian Army's MGS Artillery Programme
 
     
 Home | Contact Us| In the Press| Links| Downloads
© 2008-14, India Strategic. All rights reserved.