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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