Army gets special power to buy weapons for short ‘intense wars’
The Indian Army has begun shopping to fill critical policy gaps and strengthen its ability to fight a “short and intense war,” 15 to 20 days amid a prolonged spreading with China, regular ceasefire violations – Fire By Pakistan and terrorist infiltration.
The Center has given emergency powers to the army’s deputy chief to buy ammunition and weapons without any necessary sanctions that could cause delays, according to sources.
The movement must make autonomous army and reduce bureaucratic delays that may be an obstacle to improving critical military firepower in a short war.
With new financial powers given, 46 types of ammunition for tanks and artillery pieces, spare parts for 10 types of weapons, weapons and mines can be bought, which can cost around 40 billion rupees rs.
“The government has decided that the competition corresponds with the Army to purchase critical equipment whenever it feels the need,” said the official.
The decision was taken last week, while military stagnation continued with China on the Sikkim border, near the triple union between India and Bhutan-China and Indian troops fighting regular bombings and border Pakistan.
It happened after the Indian army has opposed China’s road construction in the Dokalam Bhutan region, a disputed zone between China and Bhutan.
The region is of great strategic importance to India as it could bring the Siliguri Chinese corridor connecting the Northeast.
After the Uri terrorist attack in September last year, 18 soldiers were killed, an internal army review said there were gaps in critical operations.
Following the conclusions of the army in October that sets the limits of maintaining a short and intense war, the deputy chief received temporary powers for a period of three months to 31 December 2016.
“The need to increase the period was felt and extended for another three months until March 31, 2017,” a source said.
Sources said that during this period, purchases worth 12,000 CRS have been made. It was 19 contracts, 11 ammunitions.
Shortly after Uri’s attack, the Indian army launched surgical attacks through the Control Line (LOC) claiming to have destroyed terrorist buffers backed by the Pakistani army to facilitate infiltration into India.
Shortly after surgical operations, the number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan spiraled. In 2016, the number stood at 225,150 in 2015 and 153 in 2014.
Since then, there have been three cases of beheading of Indian soldiers by action teams bordered by Pakistan – a combination of Pakistani army inhabitants and terrorists who carry out raids by attacking Indian soldiers.