Claim: 97% of weapons and planes with Indian Air Force are outdated

Who: Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate

Where: At a public meeting in Kasaragode, Kerala on 9 April

Check: It’s true. The information is based on former Indian army chief V.K. Singh’s 2012 letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where he said India’s “air defence was 97% obsolete". Subsequently, Indian air force chief N.A.K. Browne said 65-70% of the modernization would be accomplished by 2017 and the full modernization by 2022. Mint could not independently confirm these numbers from the defence ministry.

Source: Former army chief general V.K. Singh’s letter

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