India to buy over 160,000 guns worth $553 million for border troops
【黎明报】印度为边境部队采购超 16 万支枪，价值 5.53 亿美元
India will buy more than 160,000 guns worth $553 million for troops on its disputed, high-altitude borders, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.
The defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines for 35 billion rupees ($553m) in a meeting chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The weapons will be bought to “enable the defence forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the borders,” the ministry said in a statement.
New Delhi has signed several big-ticket defence deals since Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed to power in 2014.
India — the world's largest defence importer — has been investing tens of billions in updating its Soviet-era military hardware to counter long-standing territorial disputes with its nuclear-armed neighbours China and Pakistan.
India and China fought a brief war in 1962 over their border and last year were involved in a months-long showdown over a disputed Himalayan plateau.
India is also mired in conflict in the Himalayan region of Kashmir where roughly 500,000 soldiers are deployed.
Jan 17, 2018 01:26am
Each gun costs $3500. Seems costly?
Jan 19, 2018 12:35pm
@AD Indians can afford it. You cannot. No worries.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Jan 17, 2018 01:40am
What a stupid joke?
Jan 17, 2018 01:45am
So expect more attack
Jan 17, 2018 01:56am
Good.... for the guns-selling countries..
Jan 17, 2018 02:37am
A delightful day for foreign arms manufacturers.
Jan 17, 2018 03:31am
Jan 17, 2018 03:39am
500 million Indians don’t have toilets
Jan 18, 2018 02:45pm
@BhaRAT, it seems you are toiletcontroller, because you nows exactly the number.
Jan 17, 2018 04:27am
Jan 17, 2018 04:30am
What a shame. These guns and ammo are useless against Pakistan. Besides, 90% of Indians starve, but modi spends on frivolous PR acts, before elections.
Jan 17, 2018 09:46am
@Zak : And moreover I am worried of the day when citizens will stop paying taxes, which is how the military gets supported!
Jan 18, 2018 02:46pm
@Zak, be happy in your own universum.
Jan 17, 2018 10:16am
@Zak , wow, 90% Indians starve? Why leave the rest 10%
@Zak , 90%的印度人在挨饿？ 你咋就不说100%，还留10%干嘛。
Jan 18, 2018 07:30pm
@Zak Sir take care of your self. No need to lecture us.
Jan 17, 2018 04:38am
Yes don’t spend any money on education, health and jobs.
Jan 18, 2018 05:41pm
@Ravi All that spending you mention for education,jobs etc. makes sense only if you are alive. So security is paramount.
Jan 17, 2018 04:40am
wasteful expenditure should be avoided.
Jan 17, 2018 04:45am
They are buying weapons for an offensive war yet they blame Pakistan for everything and US as usual turns a blind eye.
Jan 17, 2018 04:52am
A great buy