“Not for another twenty years I hope," a heavily accented voice muttered somewhere behind me. The minister had more worrying news as well – "The government is passing through a difficult phase, the recession is affecting us. There will be a cut in the capital and revenue budget. However, we will not cut the expenditure on operational preparedness," he stated.
It is well known that Antony is unhappy with the cuts to the defense budget, and he called for more R&D and better service from Indian sectors – especially the DRDO.
The minister also said that the nation was looking to strengthen its defense sector by encouraging private and public sectors to become more "active partners".
Image: Members of The Flying Bulls aerobatics team from the Czech Republic fly in formation in their Zlin Z-50 aircraft during Aero India 2013 at the Yelahanka Air Force station in Bangalore on February 6, 2013.