The top US newspaper ( New York Times) has presented a gloomy picture of Indian military capabilities and stated that dogfight with Pakistan in which it lost a fighter jet has ‘left observers a bit dumbfounded’.
“The pilot made it home in one piece, however bruised and shaken, but the plane, an aging Soviet-era MiG-21, was less lucky.
68% of Indian’s army’s equipment is too old, which is officially considered ‘vintage’. the New York Times said in a hard-hitting analysis.
Maria Abi-Habib, the NYT’s Staff Correspondent in South Asia, said, “India’s armed forces are in alarming shape. India’s military has long been a source of jobs for a country struggling with chronic underemployment.“
Comparing India with Pakistan, the NYT said, India’s loss of a fighter jet last week to a country whose military is about half the size and receives a quarter of the funding was still telling.
Gaurav Gogoi, a lawmaker and member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense said, “Our troops lack modern equipment, but they have to conduct 21st-century military operations”, US newspaper reported.
After India Loses Dogfight to Pakistan, Questions Arise About Its ‘Vintage’ Military – Article in @nytimes. This is what international media talking about. Wake Up.. #Bhakts @prakashraaj
Recently India’ Prime Minister Naredra Modi made announcement that AK-203 rifle will be made in Amethi.
The AK-203 rifle, the latest derivative of the legendary AK-47 rifle, will soon be manufactured in Korwa area of Amethi.
AK-203 rifle, will progressively replace the Army’s in-service INSAS and AK-47 rifles. The 200-series of AK rifles represents the next generation and evolution of 100-series of AKs. The riffle can carry a 40 mm under-barrel grenade launcher or a knife-bayonet. It has an effective range of 400 metre and is considered 100% accurate. The riffle can fire 600 bullets in one minute.
Due to its reliability, durability and effectiveness, AK-203 rifle will become the trustworthy weapon of India’ soldiers.
Curtesy: New York Times
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