Defence budget hiked by 17 per cent
Of the total outlay, over Rs 79,500 crore would be spent on procuring modern weapons systems and military hardware.
This allocation is based on the present needs and any further requirement for the security of the nation would be made, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
The deals which are likely to be signed this year include 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), 145 Ultra Light Howitzers (ULH), 197 Light Utility Helicopters and others weapons and systems for the three services.
Presenting the budget, Mukherjee said that Rs 1,93,407 crore has been allocated for defence forces of which over Rs 79,500 crore would be earmarked for capital acquisition.
India plans to spend over USD 100 billion on defence acquisitions in the next five to 10 years.