Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has ordered Indian armed forces personnel to shoot anyone seen carrying an AK-47 machine gun as it was obvious that they do not have any good intentions.
He also said the “the Army had conducted the surgical strikes, but only after this bold decision was taken by the government.”
He also criticised Congress that it did not have the guts to purchase new machinery post Bofors scam in 1986.
The Defence Minister said the Modi government has given nod to purchase Howitzers, self-propelled artillery, as well as contract to HAL as part of the ‘Made in India’ campaign.
He said the government has also inducted the indigenously manufactured light combat aircraft ‘Tejas’ into the Indian Air Force earlier this year. The Defence Minister also said that the Tejas, which was stalled for 33 years, was expedited because of his explicit directions to those in-charge of the project.
He described Tejas to be as good as the French-made Rafale fighter jet and comparable with other top LCAs across the world.
“Only a 3.5 ton missile can be carried on it, Rafale on the other hand can carry a nine ton (missile). This plane can fly at the rate of 450 kms, Rafale can run 900 kms because it has twin engines,” he added.