Officials with knowledge of the situation claim that India is vulnerable to ongoing threats from China and Pakistan as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to increase domestic defense system manufacturing. India Running Out of Weapons
Officials with knowledge of the situation claim that India is vulnerable to ongoing threats from China and Pakistan as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to increase domestic defense system manufacturing.
As per the officials, some essential weapons systems that India’s army, navy, and air force needed to replace outdated ones can no longer be imported.India Running Out of Weapons
According to them, India could be severely short on helicopters by 2026 and face a fighter jet shortage of hundreds by 2030 as a result.
Although “Make in India” is a nice motto, but..
The situation with the Airforce is particularly dire. By 2030, the Indian Airforce may be left with less than 30 fighter squadrons, well below the 42 the military says it needs to adequately protect borders with both China & Pakistan, official said.
Between now and then, the air force will be forced to ground about half a dozen squadrons each including 16 – 18 fighter jet that will reach the end of their flying life.
The effort to adopt domestically produced equipment is causing issues for the navy as well. A small number of heavyweight torpedoes that India purchased forty years ago are the foundation of its submarine fleet.
Russia – Ukraine War Effect
The Bengaluru – based state owned defense manufacturing HAL can only produce eight indigenous tejas fighters each year.
The company plans to double manufacturing capacity by 2026, they added but delays are possibly due to supply – chain disruptions caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Hoping the situation gets better.
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