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Boost Navy, IAF force levels
Noting that both IAF and Navy were facing depletion in force levels, the parliamentary standing committee on defence has asked the government to take urgent corrective steps in the interest of national security.

The committee asked the defence ministry to make "serious and sincere efforts" to equip the armed forces with military satellites with high-resolution cameras to keep "a watch on the activities in the border regions".

It also asked the government to take steps towards setting up an Aerospace Command to ensure India was strategically prepared to "counter any threat" that may emanate from space.

Despite the hike in defence allocation to Rs 77,000 crore in this year's budget, almost the entire capital expenditure would be spent on committed contractual obligations for several major defence deals signed by the NDA government, leaving only a paltry Rs 1,000 crore for new acquisitions.

"Credible deterrence capabilities of the IAF have to be maintained in all circumstances to ensure air superiority in the region," said the committee, urging the government to ensure that the induction plan of the indigenous light combat aircraft was not delayed any further.

Expressing its "extreme" concern about the ageing MiG series of fighters, which constitute nearly 75% of the combat fleet, the committee said the government should take the "required steps" to secure licensed production of the Mirage-2000 multi-role jets in India.

As for the Navy, the committee expressed unhappiness that there was still "no definite budgetary allocation" for the 15-year shipbuilding plan. "Immediate steps should be taken for allocation of funds to prevent any depletion of the naval strength and for optimal and efficient utilisation of the shipyards," it said.

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