Modernisation of Army is being stepped up: General Kapoor

January 14th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): On the eve of the Army Day, Chief of the Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor on Monday said that the modernisation of army is being stepped up with induction of Pinaka (multi barrel rocket launcher), and Brahmos missile system.

He also said that modernisation of army is an ongoing process and at the same time we need to improve human resource potential for the Army.

General Kapoor further said that the Army is in the process of inducting Smerch, the multiple launch rocket systems soon.

Aakash missile system has been tried and tested for Airforce. The Army has not conducted trial and some of our expectations are still to be met, General Kapoor said while explaining the delay in the induction of Aakash missiles in the Army.

When asked about delay in transfer of technology for the T-90 tanks, the Army Chief said that it is a complex process and in future we would avoid such kind of delays, adding the Centre has already approved induction of 347 tanks.

He admitted that artillery modernisation is not going as per plans and there was a set back because its earlier trials were not satisfactory.

Admitting that there is shortage of approximately 11,200 officers in the Army, General Kapoor said that this would not compel them to compromise on the quality in the selection process.

Talking about the lack of attraction towards the armed forces as a career option, he said all the organisations have to take youth from the same resource pool and corporate world is ready to pay much more.

General Kapoor sounded optimistic that the Sixth Pay Commission will address the situation and make recommendations, which would ensure that a career in the Army would be more lucrative.

When probed further he said, We havent come to the stage to have compulsory military service for all in the country.

Commenting on prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said situation is better in the state and violence has been down by about 55 per cent as compared to the past. (ANI)

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