India's weapon force is stronger, new weapons worth 7300 crores included to fight with China - Newztezz Online

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India's weapon force is stronger, new weapons worth 7300 crores included to fight with China

According to defense sources, India has contracted 49 projects worth Rs 7,600 crore. At the same time, in the meeting between India and China, India put pressure on China for the early withdrawal of troops from other conflict points including Depsang and Demchok.

To counter the threat from China, the Indian Army, using the emergency power, has ordered weapons worth Rs 7300 crore from domestic manufacturers. In which another order worth Rs 7,000 crore is in the final stages of procurement and is likely to be completed in the coming weeks. According to defense sources, 49 schemes worth Rs 7,600 crore have been contracted and 34 more schemes worth Rs 7,000 crore are in the final stages of procurement.

The list of equipment ordered includes drone and counter-drone systems, automated spectrum monitoring systems, lighter munitions weapons, simulators, communication systems and vehicles. Indian forces were given emergency powers twice. Once, in the wake of the Galvan crisis in 2020 and second, after the Balakot airstrikes.

In the meeting between India and China on 13 and 14 August, India put pressure on China for early withdrawal of troops from Depsang and Demchok and other friction points. The meeting also discussed reducing the overall tension in the region. Experts said that this is the first time that the high-level military talks on the border dispute lasted for two days and a total of about 17 hours were discussed in two days.

34 schemes in final stage

The current emergency powers are reserved only for orders placed with Indian companies. Most of the orders placed and those in the final stages were received by the Indian private sector. Last year, the Defense Acquisition Council had empowered the forces to buy equipment worth Rs 300 crore under emergency powers. Later, sixty-six plans were signed for the first three installments of the procurement. Their cost was Rs 6,600 crore. Now, another 34 schemes worth Rs 7000 crore are in the final stage.

Soldiers got special powers after Balakot attack

Last August, the Defense Acquisition Council delegated powers to the forces to buy equipment worth up to ₹300 crore under the emergency clause, ending a years-long procurement process. In the wake of the Galwan crisis that began in 2020 and after the Balakot airstrikes, the security forces were given emergency powers twice earlier. However, in a major change from the past, the current emergency powers are reserved only for orders placed on Indian companies. Most of the orders placed and those in the final stages have been bagged by the Indian private sector.


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