Indian defence has always been a judging parameter of the work done by the government. Same is the case with the current Narendra Modi Government.Defence of a country is not only a matter of pride for a country but is also an essential part for International Diplomacy. Our armed forces rank third in the world and that has been the matter of pride for us. But the fact that limited resources and ammunition has been a major area of concern for Indian Defence system. A lot has been tried in the last four years to make our defence more advance. Fast track orders were also taken in order to purchase weapons at a rapid rate but there hasn’t been any significant difference. At the starting the urge to make our armed forces as new age forces were quite high but have been degrading over the past years. Different defence experts have been raising their concern over the issue. All three of our armed forces have different issues which need to be handled properly and immediately.
Indian Army: Backbone of Indian Defence System
Lieutenant General Shirchand in front of defence committee said that 68% of weapons and armory are old and are of no use in case of war. Moreover, the Indian Army has informed the Parliamentary Committee of defence that they are short of money to pay for current schemes, emergency procurement, and weaponry to sustain a 10-day war. At the current point, the budget for Indian defence accounts for 1.6 % of the GDP which is lowest since the 1962 China war. According to defence experts, it must be minimum 2.6% of the GDP. It is only the effect of low budget and delay in purchase of armory that we have a huge shortage of fighter helicopters. Currently, we are buying 15 Chinook and 22 Apache Helicopters from America, but they aren’t sufficient.We don’t have an anti-missile system that can stop the enemy’s missile. DRDO is yet to test its anti-missile system and the decision to purchase it from Russia is still pending. One of the biggest challenges of the Indian Army is to fight enemies that can’t be seen and attack through air or attacks your defence network directly. In the world of technological advancement, most of the weapons are network oriented and a small mistake can disable our defence system. A lot of work is going into the field of technological advancement but still, we are far behind from our competitors. We haven’t started working on the technological advancement of the army as a large part of defence budget goes in paying wages and pension of the personnel. And after the implementation of the 7th pay commission and OROP the expenses has increased but the budget has remained more or less the same. Among all these problems there has been news of a rift between the jawans and the officers. And the case of suicide by army personnel has been rising. According to a data over 100 jawans committed suicide in 2016. So tackling these problems and making our army stronger has been a stiff challenge for every government and will remain so.
Indian Airforce: Hands of Indian Defence
Airforce has been an integral of our defence system and has played a major role in the wars that our country has faced. In the current world, the win in a war doesn’t depend much on your soldiers but rather depends upon the capability of your Airforce and the recent war between Iran and Afghanistan is a prime example of it. And the dual threat from Pakistan and China makes our Airforce a Trump card in an emergency situation. But being low on budget has always been a problem. And France’s Rafel jet is a prime example of political interruption. At this point, our Airforce should have 42 squadrons but we have 32 and which will be 28 by next year. Mig21, Mig-27 that our Airforce possess is quite old and should have been retired till now. But by upgrading them to Mig29 we are still using them. But one good news for Indian Airforce is that the government is going to buy 110 fighter jet and if everything remains fine they will be added to our armory within a span of 5-10 years.
Airforce and Navy in collaboration make a great combo and are a nightmare for most of the enemies. Our Navy is well known all over the world but it is still suffering from the shortage of submarines, warship and jet carriers. New warships are being added but are not fast enough. China’s increasing activities in the ocean, especially in South China Ocean, has made it more important for us to make our Navy stronger. Today we have submarines which are older than 30 years and we have only one operational Warship namely INS Vikramaditya. So there is s trong need to increase the assests our navy possess in order to tackle our enemies in coming future.
But still our armed forces are capable enough to counter-attack any activity but technological advancement will make them more furious and unbeatable. So all our government whoever it might be should put politics aside in case of defence matters and should only think for its army men.
Jai Hind!Jai Bharat!