India on Sunday banned 101 items of military equipment. The ban will take effect in December this year and will last until December 2025.
Authorities say the ban was imposed to support local products, according to the news agency.
Prohibited weapons items include artillery guns, assault rifle ammunition, naval warplanes, and lightweight combat helicopters.
According to Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, the ban is a major step towards self-reliance. India is a major importer of arms from all over the world, in addition to producing its own military equipment and ammunition.
The International Peace Research Institute (SPRI), based in Stockholm, the capital of the European country Sweden, said in a recent report that India is the world’s third-largest defense spender. The United States tops the list, followed by China.
According to the report, the Indian Army has a strength of about 1.5 million people. Their salaries and pensions also require large budgets. There are also separate costs for warplanes, air defense missile systems, helicopters, warships, artillery, guns, and ammunition.
About 25 to 30 percent of India’s defense budget goes to pensions and allowances. Expenses become so high that there is no money left for modernization. If you look, the Indian forces are far behind in modernization