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India Is Running Out of Weapons to Deter China Due to Modi Order

  • Military cannot replace old equipment as imports are banned
  • Accidents involving aging fighters, helicopters lead to deaths

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to boost domestic manufacturing of defense systems is leaving India vulnerable to persistent threats from China and Pakistan, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

India’s air force, army, and navy can no longer import some critical weapons systems to replace aging ones, the officials said. That risks leaving India critically short of helicopters by 2026 and with a shortfall of hundreds of fighter jets by 2030, they said.