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SELF-RELIANCE IS INDIA: INDIAN ARMY WILL NO LONGER BUY WEAPONS FROM ABROAD AFTER LAST YEAR

Sarojini Bishi

New Delhi: Since 2025, the Indian Army will not buy weapons from abroad. An army officer gave this information. He said that the army aims to stop all imports of weapons from the next financial year. The official added that it is also going to gain a large share of the global market.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Manoj Pandey also gave a statement in this regard. He said that the Indian Army is going to be a partner of Indian industry in development and production from buying arms. He said that the concept of National Champion has been adopted to prepare arms suppliers at national and global level. He added that the Indian defense industry is investing in research and advanced manufacturing technology.

According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a European think tank that monitors global arms sales, India remains the world’s top arms importer. This is 9.8% of the world’s arms sales.

Russia has been India’s main arms supplier. This is 36% of its arms imports. However, its overall share is declining as India is now dependent on Western countries and indigenous suppliers for military hardware and software. After Russia, France is the second largest arms supplier to India (33%) and the US (13%) is the third largest arms supplier to India.

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