Amid 7 months long military deadlock with China at Eastern Ladakh, Indian government to increase weapons and ammunition reserves to sustain 15 days long intense war.
Currently, Indian Armed Forces has 10 days of weapon and ammunition reserves to fight an intense 2 front war. The new authorisation is aims to increase ammunition reserves to minimum 15-I level.
“A number of weapon systems and ammunition are being acquired now under the authorisation of having reserves to fight a 15-day intense war with the enemies. The stocking would now be at 15-I level from the 10 I levels,” government sources told ANI.
The authorisation for enhanced stocking for the defence forces was approved some time ago, they said.
Making use of the extended stocking requirements and the emergency financial powers in the ongoing conflict with China in Eastern Ladakh, the defence forces are expected to spend over Rs 50,000 crore for acquisition of equipment and ammunition from both local and foreign sources.
Earlier, the Indian Military was supposed to maintain enough ammunition stockpile to sustain at least 40 days of intense war but later on it was brought on to 10-I level due to storage issue.
Is War on the Cards ?
There is no perfect answer to this question, but Yes! Indian military is definitely preparing for any armed confrontation.
The 7 month long stand off and a violent clash at Galwan Valley with China at LAC, forced India to be prepare for any possible war in near future from two front.
Back to Back Missile testing by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is also pointing towards India preparation.
On more valid reason is that, ammunition stocks to sustain at least 15 day is critical for every country in the world and especially country like India, who is surrounded by hostile neighbors.
In order to make Armed Forces more effective, India is also working on a plan to make 2 new theatre command by 2022, one each for Pakistan and China.
The Department of Military Affairs under Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat is also aiming to set up India’s first integrated tri-services air defence command, India lacked in here during dogfight with Pakistan after the air strike.
There were many plans in the tunnel by government to integrate and modernize all the three services of Indian military.