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PMO Takes Direct Charge of National Defence to equip India with Maximum Firepower

PMO Takes Direct Charge of National Defence to equip India with Maximum Firepower

NEW DELHI: After years of somnolence under the lacklustre leadership of A K Antony, which put the combat capability of the armed force­s back by years, the Prime Minister’s Office has now taken direct charge of equipp­ing the forces with maximum fighting capability. After Modi’s surprise announcem­ent in France of an $8 billion Rafale fighter jet deal, bypassing bureaucratic procedure, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar put delayed projects on the fast track.

The PMO keeps an eagle eye on acquisition and upgrades. Sample this. Javed Ashraf, the 1991 batch IFS officer who handles defence and external affairs in the PMO, and follows up on Modi’s itineraries, seeks daily reports from the Defence Ministry on all deals, to remove roadblocks, sources said. IAF Deputy Chief Air Marshal S B S Sinha, who heads the negotiation committee on the modalities of the Rafale deal, briefs Ashraf regularly. The PMO is in a hurry to finalise it before French President Hollande’s visit to New Delhi as the chief guest of next year’s Republic Day Parade.

After Pakistan’s recent nuclear posturing, Modi is set on revamping India’s defence preparedness, by buying hi-tech military hardware from Russia, which he is scheduled to visit in December. Defence Ministry officials indicate a ‘surprise package’ to be announced during PM’s Moscow visit.

Focusing on ‘Make in India’, the PMO is also tightening the screws on the DRDO and its 50 labs, five defence PSUs, four shipyards and 39 ordnance factories to ensure timely delivery in a cost-effective manner.

Sample this ::
Javed Ashraf, an IFS officer who handles matters of defence and external affairs in the PMO, and follows up on Modi’s visit itineraries, is constantly on the phone with Service Headquarters, seeking updates on key acquisitions. Sources say Ashraf seeks daily reports from the defence ministry on all deals, to remove roadblocks.

IAF Deputy Chief Air Marshall SBS Sinha, who heads the negotiation committee to work out the modalities of the Rafale deal, is briefing Ashraf regularly.

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Deals on Fast track

■ 22 Apache attack helicopters, 15 Chinook heavy lift helicopters with the US ($3 bn)

■ Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft with Russia

■ Ultra-light howitzers lined up with the UK ($885 mn)

source: Defencenew.in

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