Defence ministry wants ‘focused’ approach on acquisitions
The slowing cash flow has hit the forces’ modernisation plans hard.
A delay in Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), the slow progress of border roads projects in Arunachal, the extremely poor progress of ordinance factories and defence PSUs are said to be among the top reasons for the current bottleneck in the defence expenditure, sources said.
In an attempt to use the R1,93,000 crore alloted as defence budget, out which around R80,000 crore is for modernisation and acquisition projects, defence minister AK Antony has asked the army, navy and the air force to conduct a series of review meetings about the projects having direct linkages with the “operational preparedness”.
“The budget estimates were given to the finance ministry in accordance with the assessment of the new emerging threat perception from neighbouring countries. However, with other ministries facing cuts, the defence ministry is afraid that its inability to use up the defence budget would lead to a cut in the next budget,”a source told FE.
The MoD, in the current fiscal, is expected to sign the final contract for the procurement of 126 MMRCA at an estimated value of R48,000 crore along with multi-billion dollar tenders for artillery, helicopters and warships.
Unfortunately, the ever-complex and slow acquisition process has not only delayed some major purchases
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