The Indian Army has already proposed to the central government to raise an additional Mountain Strike Corps and a few more divisions to increase the size of the fighting force by close to another one lakh troops.
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The meeting between the Army chief and cabinet committee also stressed on the need to enhance the Army’s air lift capabilities in the north-eastern sector bordering China. The Army has requested further more to increase the stocks of ammunition of tanks and artillery guns, raise additional Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squadrons and improve the reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities of the armed forces.
This is the third such meeting that has taken place to review the modernisation process of the army held by Mr. A. K. Antony after the former Army Chief Gen V. K. Singh highlighted the critical shortages faced by the force in a letter to the Prime Minister.
The Ministry of Defence and the Army have seriously got down to the table to discuss the China threat which is very much real and how best to counter it with their own strategy. They are not leaving any stone unturned and doing every bit at a time when the Armed forces have no budgetary constraints. New Delhi has assured the Armed forces billions of dollars more if need be to help accelerate the modernisation process.
Other than Mr. Antony and Gen Singh, Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma, Secretary (Defence Production) Shekhar Aggrawal and Director General Acquisition Vivek Rae attended the review meeting.
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