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India’s new defense budget falls way short for modernization plans

印度新的国防预算远远达不到现代化计划的要求



NEW DELHI – India’s defense budget for 2019 included a marginal 6.87 percent bump to $49.68 billion, which is unlikely to meet modernization demands or ‘Make in India’ manufacturing increases.

新德里——印度2019年的国防预算小幅增加6.87%,至496.8亿美元,不太可能满足现代化需求和印度制造业的增长。

Out of the total allocation, $16.91 billion has been set aside to buy new weapons and other military hardware, compared to $14.68 billion in the previous financial year. But not accounted for are the liabilities, say some defense analysts, which could chip away at available funds.

在全部拨款中,已拨出169.1亿美元用于购买新武器和其他军事硬件,而上一财政年度为146.8亿美元。但一些防务分析人士说,债务没有计算在内,可能会侵蚀可用资金。



“The allocation for defense, which for the first time has crossed the $49 billion threshold is encouraging," said Baba Kalyani, chairman of leading private sector defense enterprise Bharat Forge Ltd. In terms of manufacturing, "we hope that ‘Make in India’ will result in a greater role for the private industry in this critical sector of the country’s economy.”

领先的私营防务企业巴拉特锻造有限公司董事长巴巴•卡里亚尼说:“国防拨款首次突破了490亿美元的门槛,令人鼓舞。”在制造业方面,“我们希望‘印度制造’将使私营企业在印度经济的关键领域发挥更大的作用。”

Cowshish is less encouraged, seeing very few noteworthy programs on the horizon.

柯什则不那么感到鼓舞,因为几乎没有什么值得注意的项目。

“It doesn’t seem likely that many big contracts for fighters, helicopters, submarines, etc. will get concluded in the coming year," he said. "This is not because of paucity of funds but on account of the fact that none of these procurement proposals are likely to reach anywhere near the contract conclusion stage any time soon. “

他说:“看来明年不太可能签订很多战斗机、直升机、潜艇等大型合同。这不是因为缺乏资金,而是因为这些采购提案都不可能在短期签订合同。”