Modernisation of Armed Forces

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Government is taking measures for modernisation of the Armed Forces, through procurement of new equipment and upgrading of existing equipment so as to ensure that the Armed Forces are equipped to meet the entire spectrum of security challenges. The modernisation projects are progressed as per the approved Capital Acquisition Plans and in terms of the extant Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).

Capital procurement of defence equipment is undertaken from various domestic as well as foreign vendors, based on threat perception, operational challenges and technological changes and to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness.

During the last three years and in the current year, 197 contracts have been signed for capital procurement/upgradation of defence equipment for Armed Forces such as Missiles, Aircraft, Artillery guns, Assault Rifles, Radars, Rockets, Helicopters, Weapons, Simulators, Ballistic Helmets, Bullet Proof Jackets and Electronic Fuzes and Ammunition.

The Budget Allocation and Expenditure under Capital Budget Head under Defence Services Estimates are given below:-

(Rs in Crore)

Year

Budget Estimates

Expenditure

2017-18

86488.01

90438.39

2018-19

93982.13

95229.06

2019-20 (up to January, 2020)

1,03,394.31

91862.97

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik in a written reply to Shri Hemant Sriram Patil and others in Lok Sabha today.

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