ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Since the Uri attack, India has signed around Rs 20,000 crore (Indian rupees) worth ’emergency’ arms deals for preparedness of its armed forces, according to Times of India.
Under the deals signed with Russia, Israel and France over the past two or three months, Indian army and Indian air force are to be supplied ammunition and spares to ensure that fighters, tanks, infantry and warships are all ready to go to battle at short notice.
The Times of India cited the Defence Ministry sources saying that the aim of emergency deals was to guarantee the armed forces can undertake at least 10 days of “intense fighting” without worrying about ammunition, spares and other reserves.
It further said that India accelerated the efforts to sign such deals after September 2016 when terrorists attacked an army base in Uri town of Indian-administered Kashmir and killed 18 India soldiers.
Recently, the Indian government also announced a 10 percent increase in the Country’s defence budget for upcoming fiscal year.
The Indian government has long been accusing the militant outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad of carrying out subversive activities in India including Kashmir like Uri attack.
In September 2016 following the Uri attack, the Indian army also claimed to have conducted a surgical strike in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and inflicted heavy casualties on alleged terrorists.