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India’s defence planning has no clear strategic direction

India’s new national budget accentuates its stagnant defence defrayment. India’s defence defrayment figure of $46.3 billion contrasts starkly with China’s $177.5 billion, underscoring the yawning power gap between the 2. Indeed, India’s defence budget is smaller than even China’s trade surplus with it, highlight the extent to that Bharat underwrites China’s hostile actions against it. …

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India’s defence budget has nearly doubled in 5 years but the money is not enough to upgrade the weapons

The Indian armed forces expect the Union Budget 2019, to be announced on July 5, to provide more money to modernise and upgrade the country’s defence establishment amidst ever-increasing global and internal challenges.  Fuelling this hope is the fact that the newly-appointed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was in charge of the defence ministry in her …