‘Indian Army’s Ammunition Stock Will Exhaust After 10 Days Of War’
OSNepalNews, Kathmandu, 22nd July: he stock of as many as 61 types of ammunition – out of a total of 152 types of ammunition considered critical by the Indian Army to fight a war – is available for just 10 days only, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has found.
The stocks of just 20 per cent of the armoury – 31 types of ammunition – were found to be satisfactory, the CAG has found. The CAG report was placed before the Parliament today.
The Indian military is required to hold ammunition enough to fight a short intense war of 20 days. Earlier, Indian military was required to have store supplies, spares and ammunition – called War Wastage Reserve (WWR) – to fight a 40 day intense war. In 1999 the WWR was scaled down to only 20 days.
The CAG says that of the 152 types of ammunition identified as critical stocks of only 31 were available for 40 days whereas as many as 12 types of ammunition was available for 30 to 40 days and stocks of as many of 26 types of ammunition was available for a little over 20 days.
The CAG report says that while WWR stocks of some of the critical items have improved – for instance explosives and demolition items- ammunition for Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) and Artillery ammunition “meant for sustaining superior fire power were under critical level”. agency