In a shocking decision, the Indian Army has proposed to cut down on the purchase of expensive items, as well as discontinue the purchase of spares for vintage platforms to save money.
This is being done apparently as a desperate measure to compensate for a 15 to 20 per cent shortage of critical ammunition, spares and missiles.
It is now said that among the expensive items the army has identified for the proposal are heavy multiple rocket launchers and anti-tank weapons.
The issue is also likely being deliberated in the on-going Army Commanders Conference.
It is the bi-annual conference of Army commanders chaired by the Indian Army Chief that decides on the future course of action.
The commanders will be told that by cutting down on buying expensive items and spares for vintage platform, the force will be able to save between Rs 600 crore and Rs 800 crore over the next three financial years.
The Army commanders are likely to consider moving the government for additional funds, top sources indicated.
It need be mentioned that the tri services – the Army, the Navy and the Air Force – are mandated to be ready to fight a 40-day war and, therefore, be equipped accordingly.>