After PM Modi assumed office, several developments took place in Indian defence

After PM Modi assumed office, Indian defence has become stronger than before. Today, India ranks fourth most-powerful army in the world. India’s military strength is second only to that of the US, Russia, and China. India has retained its position in the top five militaries in the world. According to the index, India has an active military comprising of around 14 lakh personnel. Since 20104, Modi Govt. has signed 186 defence deal in just 4 years in all 3 defence Army, Air Force, and Navy. Modi-led government is procuring several weapons from Russia, the USA, France.

Here are some points I am going to mention with respect to Indian defence development:

Rafale Fighter Jet: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received the first multi-role combat aircraft Rafale on Dussehra, 8 October 2019. The Indian Air Force has around 2100 aircraft including 676 fighter, 809 attacks, and others. The induction of the Rafale fighter jet will further strengthen the capability of IAF. 

Apache and Chinook Helicopter: Apache and Chinook have already been inducted into the Indian Army. The IAF signed a $2.2 billion contract with the U.S. government and Boeing for 22 AH-64Es and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the IAF in September 2015.

Indian Army gets new teeth, K9 Vajra: The Indian army has received new artillery weapons which will further enhance the surface capability of the Indian army.

BulletProof Jacket: The Indian Army made a request to the Congress government for 1.86 lakh bullet-proof jackets but Congress government did not pay attention to this demand. As soon as the Modi government came into power, PM Modi fulfilled their demand and after 9-year wait, Indian soldiers finally received Bulletproof Jackets. 

Assault Rifle: The Indian Army was using the old rifle AK-47 but Modi govt. ordered for manufacturing of 7.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifle and manufacturing will take place in Amethi.

Indigenous Submarine armed with nuclear weapons: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned the second indigenously built Diesel-Electric attack submarine into the Indian Navy. INS Khanderi is the second submarine of the Kalvari class. A total of six Kalvari-Class submarines has to be built under the project. the project is still under progress.

PM Modi extending his support to Indian defence (photo: Livemint)

A-SAT (Anti-satellite): India has become the 4th Space Power country in the world after successfully conducting the A-SAT (Anti-satellite) Missile in the world.

S-400 Missile System: under the leadership of Modi, India signed a deal with Russia for the purchase of five S-400 systems and India is going to receive delivery of S-400 missile by 2020. S-400 missile is considered to be the most advanced air defence system. 

Subsonic Cruise Missile “Nirbhay”: After a long period of time, India successfully test-fired its first indigenously designed subsonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’.

The Indian Army has been given a free hand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already given the armed forces a free hand to give a befitting response to any misadventure by terrorists. Indian Army and IAF have already conducted surgical strike and Airstrike respectively.  

Modi government increases the scholarships of children of martyrs: After assuming office, PM Narendra Modi’s first decision dedicated to those who protect India. scholarships have been increased from Rs. 2000 per month to Rs. 2500 per month for boys and from Rs. 2250 per month to Rs. 3000 per month for girls.

Bunkers are being constructed along the LOC: Over 2,500 bunkers have been constructed along the Line of Control (LoC) and more bunkers are yet to be constructed in Jammu & Kashmir for the safety of citizens.

Indian Navy: Indian Navy is already using one aircraft carrier called INS Vikramaditya and the second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier “INS Vikrant” is under construction. 

All these changes and progress have been made possible just because of PM Modi’s efforts. PM Modi has a clear vision for India and has taken our country to the next level and will take to another level. Now, the Indian defence is becoming more strengthen. Modi-led government is still striving hard to make India the most powerful country in the world.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.