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The government of India is mulling to supply improved weapon systems for counter-terrorism to Afghanistan in a bid to help equip the Afghan armed forces, it has been reported.

The government of India is mulling to supply improved weapon systems for counter-terrorism to Afghanistan in a bid to help equip the Afghan armed forces, it has been reported.

The military equipment and weapons will be delivered to Afghanistan as part of the latest decision by the government of India to help the friendly countries, and as part of that the country will likely provide Afghanistan with troop carriers, spares for tanks, and rocket systems that are used in counter-insurgency operations.

Top sources have told India Today that the Defence Ministry has asked the three services to draw-up a list of weapon systems that they can spare.

Sources said New Delhi wants to give Afghanistan the Indian Army’s excess stocks.

The Afghan National Army is comfortable handling Russian-origin platforms, which comprise at least 60 per cent of India’s arsenal.

Apart from this, India is also looking to procure weapon systems from the erstwhile Soviet Block.

“We will be providing them improved and strengthened weapons systems and platforms needed for effective counter-insurgency operations,” top sources told India Today.

Sources indicated that India is likely to provide four more helicopters, besides repairing and refurbishing helicopters it had gifted Afghanistan earlier.