India’s Military Becoming More Self-reliant
India’s Defense Ministry approved the procurement of 70 htt-40 basic trainer aircraft and three training cadet ships on March 1. The aircraft contract is worth over $832 million and the contract for the ships is worth $376.1 million. The purchases will help the Indian Armed Forces become independent of foreign supply and bolster its military power.
- The aircraft and ships will alleviate the shortage of training vessels.
- They will be outfitted with the necessary equipment and training aids used to train new officers, according to India’s Ministry of Defense.
- The aircraft will be built out of 56 percent Indian-made components with the goal of reaching 60 percent indigenous parts as production continues over the next six years.
- The three training vessels will be constructed by engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro, and the contract will be signed under India’s weapons procurement policy, Buy Indian-iddm (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured).
The acquisition of the htt-40 provides fillip to the Indian Aerospace Defense ecosystem and boosts efforts towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat [self-reliant India].
—India’s Ministry of Defense
India has previously relied on nations like the United States and Russia for its weapons development. Now, although India continues to buy equipment from abroad, it is working to become as independent as possible.
Military potential: The Trumpet monitors India’s military buildup because Bible prophecy reveals that it will join an Asian alliance that will deploy an enormous military of 200 million troops (Revelation 9:16). In 2015, we wrote, “Many view India as a pacifist culture bound by a creed of Gandhian non-violence, but the nation has astounding military potential. And in recent years, India has worked to expand that potential.” To learn more about India’s expanding military potential, read “The Other Asian Powerhouse: India.”