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India to spend $250 billion over the next ten years on defense



NEW DELHI: India that has test fired Indo-Israeli $1.4 billion BARAK 8 long-range surface-to-air missile here is going to spend $250 billion on its defense over the next ten years.

BARAK project  includes a radar for detection, tracking and missile guidance. Such capability is possessed only by US, France, Britain, Israel and India.

Only a small club of countries including the United States, France, Britain and Israel possess such capability, a Defense Research and Development Organization spokesman said.

India is struggling to transform into a major defense industrial base from world’s biggest buyer of defense equipment.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.