Jaitley says military reasonably equipped

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Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the armed forces were “reasonably and sufficiently equipped” to defend the “sovereignty of the country”, amid concerns raised by parliamentarians regarding a CAG report that the Army had critical shortage of ammunition.

Mr. Jaitley’s response came after opposition members raised the issue of defence preparedness in the wake of a CAG report tabled in the Parliament recently and called the previous Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar a “non-performer”.

The CAG stated that the Army faces a shortfall of 40% ammunition and only 61 out of 152 types of ammunition were available. The Army is supposed to hold stocks of ammunition for 40 days of an intense war.

Mr. Jaitley clarified that the CAG report had reference to the shortage of ammunition in relation to a point of time.

The Opposition, however, wasn’t satisfied with the reply and posed tough questions.

About the CAG report:

Image: CAG Report

For complete details, read this: MAJOR DEFICIENCIES IN ARMY’S AMMUNITION RESERVES

CAG, in its report, presented a dismal picture of the Army’s War Wastage Reserve (WWR) ammunition, especially of high caliber equipment needed to wage intense war.

The report tabled on Friday is an evaluation of the availability of WWR ammunition in the Army during the period 2013-14 to 2016-17 (till September 2016).

 

Reference(s):

The Hindu Newspaper (You can download the newspaper for free from a link given on a FB page – UPSC Aspirants Forum)

Russia keen on selling MiG-35 jets to India

Image: MiG-35 Russian aircraft

Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India. The Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG said he is keen to get tenders to supply its MiG-35 aircraft to India.

The Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG said the MiG-35 was “the best” and definitely better than Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation combat aircraft F-35. He claimed that the MiG-35 would beat the American jet in air-to-air combat.

About MiG-35 aircraft:

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The MiG-35 is Russia’ most advanced 4++ generation multipurpose fighter jet developed on the basis of the serial-produced MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 combat aircraft.

The MiG-35 (single seat)/MiG-35D (double seat) main features include:

  • The fifth-generation information-sighting systems integration into aircraft airborne avionics;
  • Increased combat survivability due to integration of airborne integrated defence system.

MiG aircraft have been used by India for almost 50 years. MiG-21 and MiG-29 of the MiG series are currently used by the Indian Air Force.

 

Reference(s):

The Hindu Newspaper (You can download ‘The Hindu’ newspaper for free from a facebook page – UPSC Aspirants Forum)