Troops fully prepared, battle-worthy: Army
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 05, 2009, 17:29
New Delhi: The Army has said that its troops are "fully prepared, battle-worthy and capable" to counter any challenge at short notice.

"Our armed forces are fully prepared, battle-worthy and capable to counter any challenges at very short notice, in keeping with the task assigned to defend the nation," Army PRO Col S Om Singh said.

"It is further clarified that the combat efficiency of the Army at no point be doubted as the military preparedness and combat efficiency is the foremost and primary task. There has been no compromise in this issue. The progress of modernisation is monitored closely at various levels to minimise the shortfall," Singh said, reacting to media reports that the Army was not fully combat ready and there was a shortfall in the full battle preparedness.

He said modernisation was "a deliberate process and is progressive in nature" and the deficiency of the military hardware was reviewed at regular intervals and replacement projected after deliberation based on the operational requirement and enhancement of operational efficiency.

"The projection of military hardware requirements has already been made and these are at various stages of procurement. The Defence Procurement Procedure is also amended periodically to ensure transparency and effectiveness in procurement," he added.


First Published: Saturday, December 05, 2009, 17:29

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