This was stated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to a question on whether it was a fact that the wives of army personnel have requested the government to replace the outdated defence equipment and have made a representation in this regard.
To a related question, he said "replacement of ageing and obsolete arms and equipment is part of the modernisation of the Armed forces which is a continuous process based on threat perception, operational challenges, technological changes and available resources".
The process, he said, is based on a 15-year-long integrated perspective plan, five year service capital acquisition plan and annual acquisition plan.
The expenditure on capital acquisition in respect of the orders placed on Indian vendors and foreign vendors during 2011-12 to 2013-14 was 53.9 percent and 46.1 percent respectively.

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