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According to Saraswat, an NITI Aayog member, India’s defense has increased during the last ten years

Over the last ten years under the Modi administration, India’s defense capabilities have significantly increased, and the nation is now solely reliant on imports of armaments for its armed forces’ urgent needs, according to VK Saraswat, a member of NITI Aayog, on Wednesday.

 

Saraswat, a former head of the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), said that 60% of India’s arsenal of weapons and ammunition is now produced domestically.

“Indian defence capabilities in the last 10 years have gone up substantially,” he said to PTI.

Saraswat said, “Most of India’s defense ecosystem is now indigenous.” Only when the armed forces have urgent needs or when we lack the technology, are we reliant on imports.

He said that large conglomerates like the Tata Group, Adani Group, and L&T are already producing their own firearms and radar systems domestically.

“While our arms requirement is going up, the ratio of imports to our overall defence requirement is decreasing, despite a rise in the total value of imports,” Saraswat stated in response to a recent analysis by the Swedish research tank SIPRI.

According to a report released on March 11 by the Swedish think tank SIPRI, India continues to be the world’s largest importer of weapons, with imports rising by 4.7% between 2014 and 2018.

The NITI Aayog member said that India’s installed capacity is enough to satisfy the country’s electricity needs when asked whether there is a significant chance of power outages this summer due to heatwaves in several areas of the nation.

According to Saraswat, India has installed capacity of around 452 gigawatts, which is enough to cover the nation’s power needs.

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