There has been no instance of incursion by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh and other border areas, but transgressions do occur, the government told the Lok Sabha on Friday.
Union Minister Subhash Bhamre said digitization of forces is one of the top priorities of the government, an official said.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday strongly pitched for fast-tracking procurement of defence systems to enhance India’s military capability and said armed forces must remain ready for warfare along the borders.
In a written reply, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said 12 soldiers died in 2014 and one was injured. In 2015, 24 soldiers died and six were injured while 22 soldiers died the next year.
India has made it clear to Pakistan that the solution to Siachen issue is part of the larger issue which includes Pakistan’s support to terrorism in the country, the government today said.
The US has topped the list of foreign countries with which India has signed contracts for procurement of weapons and military platforms in the last two years, followed by Israel and Britain.
The DRDO has developed and upgraded military systems, products and technologies worth over Rs 2.5 lakh crore for the armed forces.
As many as 22 fighter aircraft of Indian Air Force have crashed since 2013-14 and human error and technical defects were the main reasons for the accidents, government has informed Rajya Sabha.
The government on Friday told the Lok Sabha that over Rs 2.42 lakh crore were spent on purchase of defence equipment from 2013-14 fiscal to 2015-16 fiscal.
Modernisation of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is a continuous process and the giver is implementing measures in line with the recommendations of an expert committee.