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UPDATED: 10:00, May 28, 2006
Indian Army open to source equipment from U.S.
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The Indian Army is open to source military technology and equipment from the United States if they were best in the class, Indian Army Chief J. J. Singh said Saturday.

Asked whether the army would shop for military equipment, including arms from the U.S. in the light of an upswing in the Indo-U.S. relations, Singh said while efforts would be made to source the requirements indigenously, the army would like the equipment to be produced in the country with technology from outside.

"Our first preference is to source indigenously or get the equipment produced within the country by the public or private sector with technology from outside. If nothing can be done, we would like to meet our requirements from outside," Indo-Asian News Service quoted Singh as saying.

We are happy to receive equipment, which is in its best class from any source, including the U.S. But it will have to be a government decision, Singh said after flagging off the newly manufactured bogie flat Arjun tank carrier wagons of military rail at the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) facility in Bangalore.

He said the Indian Army would begin field trials of the indigenous main battle tank (MBT) Arjun in a month or two along with its T-72 battle tanks.

Source: Xinhua

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