Army Current Affairs - 2019

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Defence Budget 2019

The Interim Budget 2019 has increased the allocations to the Defence Ministry by 6.87 per cent to Rs 3.18 lakh crore against last year’s allocation of Rs 2.98 lakh crore.

Allocations to Defence Ministry

The Defence Ministry budget outlay includes:

  • Of the total allocation of Rs 3.18 lakh crore, Rs 1,08,248 crore has been set aside for capital outlay for the year 2019-2020 to purchase new weapons, aircraft, warships and other military hardware.
  • Rs 1,12,079 crore has been set aside for payment of pensions.
  • The defence budget is around 1.44 per cent of the GDP.
  • Of the total capital outlay of Rs 1,08,248 crore, the Army was granted Rs 29,447 crore, the Navy was given Rs 23,156 crore and the Indian Air Force got an allocation of Rs 39,302 crore.
  • The revenue expenditure which includes expenses on payment of salaries and maintenance of establishments has been pegged at Rs 2,10,682 crore as against Rs 1,88,118 crore for 2018-19.
  • The capital outlay for armed forces is 32.19 per cent of the government’s total capital expenditure of Rs 3,36,293 crore.

The allocation to the defence ministry for capital expenditure is said to be inadequate given the kind of modernisation our armed forces are envisaging.

Sri Lanka, China begin joint military training exercise ‘Silk Route- 2015’

Joint military training exercise code named ‘Silk Route- 2015′ between China and Sri Lanka has begun at Buttala in Central Sri Lanka.

It is three-week long joint military training exercise will be conducted in three phases. Phase 1 will be held June 22-28, 2015; Phase 2 will be held from June 28-July 5, 2015 and Phase 3 will be held from July 5 – July 13, 2015.

In the first phase of the 2nd joint exercise involves Sri Lankan Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China have participated.

This training will focus on weapon handling, live firing, VIP protection study and other warfare and battle skills related fields.

It will also cover other exercises such as backup vehicle movement and training, ambush drills, special mission planning, combat tracking techniques, jungle warfare and basic battle skills, aircraft and building option training, vehicle ambush drills etc.

The first stage of the ‘Silk Route – 2015′ exercise was conducted in China earlier between March 29 and April 17, 2015 following successful negotiations between armies of both nations.