India can’t wage war against other countries as Army running out of ammunition

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Army's ammunition won't last 20 days of intense war
It seems that the world's second-largest standing Army i.e. Indian Army with strength of over 1.18 million personnel is fast running out of ammunition. As per a TOI report, tanks and air defence units, artillery batteries and infantry soldiers are all facing the crunch. And the report reveals that at present, if a full-fledged war starts, then the ammunition reserves may not be able to sustain for even 20 days.

Situation has not changed on ground even after six months, as a report by TOI in March had revealed the same and said, "India does not have enough ammunition to undertake a full-blown war with intense fighting for even 20 days."

The Government of India is well aware of this situation but for the past six months, nothing major has been done in this regard.

Army's ammunition won't last 20 days of intense war

As per report, the production of 39 ordinance factories have slowed down because of which our country might be at a great risk in case of war. The sources reported, "Air defence ammunition, anti-tank guided missiles, specialized machine-gun magazines, grenades, mine fuses and similar weapons are very deficient. If the war started, some of these will finish in just a week."

What if a war situation comes?

In the past few days, the reports of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have been frequent. Recently, a major violation was reported in several sectors along the border. As per reports, 35 Border Security Force (BSF) posts in four sectors of Jammu district have been targetted.

In case a war situation emerges in future, India will be a great risk.

What is the status of War Wastage Reserve

A War Wastage Reserve (WWR) is a collection of warfighting material held in reserve in pre-positioned storage to be used if needed in wartime.

As per the norms, war wastage reserves (WWR) should be adequate for 40 days of intense fighting, with ammunition with shorter shelf-life available for 21 days.

But in March, the then Army chief General Bikram Singh was quoted as saying, "If there is proper budgetary support for the new ammunition roadmap, the Army should have 50 per cent WWR and three years of training ammunition by 2015."

The above statement clearly implies that at present, the Army is at not even at 50 per cent WWR, which means that the Army does not have reserves to fight a war for even 20 days.

Why such a grim situation of the reserves?

As per the TOI report, due to the "long-winded" arms procurement procedures as well as the sluggish performance of the 39 factories under the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), the grim situation is there.
What now?

As per reports, the officials have said that the government is trying to meet these needs of the Army and WWR of India will reach up to 100 percent by 2019 for which a budget of Rs 97,000 crore is required.

Reports said, "The lack of ammunition in World's second largest Army with 39,000 officers and 11.3 lakh Jawans is a matter of concern."

Even in the 1999 Kargil War, India had to make some emergency purchases at very high prices from Israel.

But this shortage would not be met unless and until India starts producing ammunition at home to become self-sufficient and stops relying on foreign companies. One looks at Prime Minister Narendra Modi with hope after he pitched for producing indigenous arms and ammunitions and his strong message to the DRDO to finish all its pending projects.

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