In the big boost for Army, Modi Govt clears procurement of critical weaponry for short intense wars. In a major decision, the government has empowered the Army directly to procure critical weapons systems and military platforms to maintain combat readiness for short duration “intense wars”, a top government official said today.
The official said the financial power vested, depending on the budgetary support available, to buy the complete range of weapons system may translate into Rs 40,000 crore.
“The decision is primarily aimed at filling the voids for short duration intense wars,” the official said, adding “gaps” in combat readiness were found during an internal review in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack last September.
According to the decision, the Vice Chief of the Army has also been empowered on a routine basis to review the optimum holding state and maintaining it in a recurring manner. The official said the procedure will be part of revenue procurement of the Army for in-service equipment and weapons and it will not require going through numerous procurement stages which often cause inordinate delays.