Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Indian Army’s Artillery Gun Purchase Stalled Fifth Time

Ajay Banerjee

The much delayed purchase of crucial artillery guns, which will replace the existing lot of around 20-year-old Bofors guns in the Indian Army’s arsenal, has been stalled yet again. This is the fifth time since 2002 that the process has hit a roadblock due one reason or the other, seriously impinging upon the Army’s capability to fire at the enemy. The latest hurdle: Only one bidder was remaining in the race and the Defence Ministry does not allow purchases in case there is only one vendor selling the equipment. The latest hurdle is on the ground that only one bidder was remaining in the race and the Ministry of Defence does not allow purchases in case there is only one vendor selling the equipment. Sources in the Army confirmed today that the scheduled trials of the 155-mm guns had been stopped.

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