New Delhi: If inordinate delays in inducting new weapons system and shortage of officers are not enough, the Indian Army is also lacks ammunition to fight a long war. According to damming report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), the Indian Army has ammunition reserve to fight a full-fledged war for only 20 days against the mandatory requirement of at least 40 days.
Army units need to maintain a War Wastage Reserve of 40 days for all types of ammunition, but are presently managing with just the ‘Bottom Line’ or ‘Minimum Acceptable Risk Level’ (MARL) requirements which averaged to 20 days. Such a situation seriously jeopardises the fighting capabilities of the over 1.13 million strong Indian Army which faces two strong adversaries in Pakistan and China. Several Army units are also engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
CAG says that DGOS provided for 40 days of ammunition but the Army Headquarters procured ammunition for only 20 days citing budgetary constraints and inadequate production capacity with OFB.