Leaked Memo: India's Military Decimated, Obsolete
General reveals that air defenses are 97% obsolete
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2012 9:40 AM CDT
Indian naval officers gather on the new INS Shivalik, classed as "stealth" by Indian military officials and the first of its kind in the nation's fleet, at a ceremony in Mumbai, India, April 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)

(Newser) – India's military is desperately low on supplies, the world learned today, in a major embarrassment for the country. In a leaked memo, the country's military chief tells its prime minister that India's tank fleet lacks ammunition, its elite forces are "woefully short" on essential weapons, and its air defenses are "97% obsolete." The leak just happens to come as that military chief, General VK Singh, is locked in a public battle with the government over his impending mandatory retirement, the AFP reports.

Singh's memo blames the sorry state of affairs on the country's slow bureaucracy. Opposition leader Arun Jaitley jumped on the story, complaining of the "alarming situation," and saying the fact that the memo was leaked at all was "a matter of serious concern." But the defense minister has tried to quell the uproar, assuring the public that they have "taken care to speed up the modernization of the armed forces."

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InferiorToYou
Mar 28, 2012 3:47 PM CDT
A sling shot and an atom bomb
scott-houghton
Mar 28, 2012 3:43 PM CDT
In India the armed forces are still using British Lee Enfield rifles, which have been used since the WW1!
Antagonist
Mar 28, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
Nice. I think that we should really look into trading things. I mean this is how the world was founded. It does not necessarily need to be weapons. We need to start the Barter system. I believe that it would work very well in this recession. 1.3 Billion people(Give or take a Million) The US and the rest of the world can really come together in a positive manner. Gandhi stated"In the world of and eye for an eye the whole world goes blind"