Infantry Weapons

Indian Army stockpiling ammunition for 10 days of 'intense war'

05 February 2020

The Indian Army (IA) is looking to boost its depleted ammunition stocks to enable it to sustain 10 days of 'intense' combat by 2022-23, after which it aims to further stockpile its munition reserves for 40 days of combat.

Senior IA officers told Jane's on 3 February that the service aims to overcome enduring shortages by sourcing ammunition from not only the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) - which currently supplies 90 of the 163 munition types it uses - but also from private local vendors and foreign manufacturers.

The IA's ammunition requirements include assorted 155 mm rounds for howitzers, varied 125 mm shells for T-72M1 and T-90S main battle tanks, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), 30 mm high-explosive incendiary rounds, 122 mm BM-21 rockets, and 40 mm low-velocity grenades.

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