India continues to strengthen its defence capabilities amid the ongoing border dispute with China in Eastern Ladakh. On Monday, the Defence Ministry approved another arms acquisition worth ₹2290 crore. This includes the purchase of 72 thousand assault rifles from the United States.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh finalized the deal for the purchase of assault rifles worth ₹780 Crore from US firm SIG Sauer. 72400 SIG rifles were already given to the Indian Army under the fast track purchases made in February last year. These rifles of 7.62 x 51 mm calibre have significant firepower of 500 m.
Along with this, the Defence Acquisition Council on Monday approved the purchase of Swadeshi smart anti airfield weapons worth ₹970 crores and HF transceiver set costing ₹540 crores.
Indian Army is continuously working on making Chinyalisaur airport in Uttarakhand its main base camp. However, security and military officials are maintaining secrecy in this regard. Indian Army has increased its deployment in all areas bordering China.