Accident-Prone MiG-21s Are Flying Past Their Retirement Age

Mumbai: The MiG-21 Bison that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying when he was downed by a Pakistan Air Force F-16 was well past its retirement age, and kept alive with repeated upgrades and...

Budget 2018: India Largest Arms Importer, Yet Defence Of Realm Falters

India is the fifth largest military spender (2016) in the world and the largest importer of arms, accounting for 13% of the world’s total imports between 2012 and 2016, according to the Stockholm In... Source: Union Budget; Figures in Rs crore, *Budget estimate, **Revised estimate... Revenue expenditure accounted for 48% of defence budgetary allocation in 2017-18, up from 44% in 2015-16. Pensions and capital outlay accounted for 24% each of allocations, as against 20% and 24% in 2... table,th,td{ font-size: 12px; font-family: arial; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black; } table{ width:580px; } th,td{ text-align:center; padding:2px; } th.... “Funds allocated (each year) under the budget estimate have been reduced at the revised estimate stage by the ministry of finance, broadly on the pretext of trend of expenditure at that point of tim...

Army Doctors Flee Conflict Zones, Bunch Up In Safe Delhi

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), the auditor of governments and state-run companies, has exposed a fairly large gap in medical skills in the armed forces.   The report says that while Udhampur Hospital in Jammu & Kashmir has a 25% shortage of doctors, Army Hospital Research and Referral (R&R), Delhi has 93% … Continued

India’s Defence PSU HAL Leans On Domestic Monopoly

India has been spending approximately Rs 10,000 to Rs 11,000 crore every year in importing arms. But with debates on India’s defence preparedness heating up and a greater stress on domestic manufacture, IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick looked at the competitive scenario for Indian defence companies to see how the manufacturing equations could evolve in coming years. … Continued

The World’s Most Economical Missile Programmes?

The recent launch of the AGNI 5, the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) makes it a good time to look at how the DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) is managing its finances and funding for ambitious projects.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick did a 10-year study of available figures and finds that DRDO’s seemingly achieves a lot with … Continued

Defence Forces: The Yawning Gap Between Allocations & Spend

A letter reportedly written by Army General V K Singh triggered a raging controversy after it claimed that, among other failings in defence capabilities, India’s existing air defence systems cannot effectively protect against enemy air attacks as “they were 97% obsolete”.   How much has India really spent on overall defence modernisation? That depends on … Continued

5-Year Study Shows Salaries Rise But Spending On Arms Slow Down

An ongoing war of words between Chief of Army Staff V.K. Singh and the Indian Government highlighted the deficiencies in the fighting capabilities, especially in arms and armaments.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick has been studying various heads in the army’s balance sheets over the last five years, including manpower. A key take away from this … Continued

The Army’s Wage Bill

A recent army-related controversy centred around a letter sent by Indian Army Chief General V K Singh to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing concern over the state of the major fighting arms.   In his letter, General Singh reportedly claimed the Army’s tank regiments were devoid of critical ammunition to defeat enemy tanks while … Continued

Army Chief Complains, Navy Gets To Spend It

India’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General V K Singh kicked up a holy row last week by revealing that he had been offered a Rs 14 crore bribe by an equipment lobbyist to favour the purchase of 600 sub-standard vehicles.   On the heels of the revelation that rocked the country followed the leak … Continued