Published On : Mon, Oct 10th, 2016

Modi government asks arms suppliers to be prepared amid tensions with Pakistan


New Delhi/Nagpur: With tensions between India and Pakistan escalating, the government has asked arms suppliers and the industry to be prepared to scale up production and supply contracts at short notice.

Government officials and top company executives said that feelers had come from the government over the past few days to assess the capability and capacity to meet immediate requirements of the armed forces.

Weapon suppliers, including some with the biggest businesses in India, have been contacted to convey that, if need be, contracts for additional arms could be placed on an immediate basis.

Sources said the government had made similar inquires after the Pathankot air base attack in January. In particular, the defence ministry is looking at small arms and ammunition and spare parts and weapons for the Sukhoi and Mirage fighter fleets on a priority basis.