Indian auditor find gaps in air defense
India's autonomous Auditing Agency found glaring gaps in the country's air-defense system.
"Indian Air Force (IAF) do not possess adequate surveillance radars needed for providing efficient and reliable detection capabilities for ensuring credible Air Defence," said the 97-page report by the Indian Comptroller and Auditor General, sent to Parliament on Oct. 24. "The shortage of Medium Power Radars (MPRs) needed for ground control and intercept was as high as 53 percent of the projected requirement."
Most of the country's air-defense gear, including various kinds of radar installed around the country, was bought from the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
The Indian military has asked for more than $2 billion over eight years to buy radar and other air-defense gear, including battlefield surveillance systems, air defense radar systems, anti-aircraft weapon control systems, low-flying-detection radar systems, land- and ship-based 3-D radar surveillance systems, and multimode fire control radar for military aircraft.