Army seeks more funds for modernisation, says COAS

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (UNI) The Indian Army today said it had asked the Finance Ministry for additional funds in the defence budget for modernisation of the force.

''If we get the budget allocation (for modernisation), we will be happy,'' Army chief General Deepak Kapoor told mediapersons, during his visit to the NCC Republic Day Camp.

Responding to a question on what the Army had sought during the consultation process for finalisation of the 2008-09 budget, he said modernisation of all the arms and services of the force was a key requirement and they needed appropriate funds for the purpose.

The Army is engaged in a massive modernisation drive across the board. Though fighting arms such as the infantry, armour and artillery are getting priority, the focus is also on key support elements such as communication and engineering systems.

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