Despite considering the previous procurement of armoured personnel carriers to be ineffective, the Nepalese Army has submitted a proposal to China to purchase 48 APCs.
Not just Nepal, but also Kenya, Algeria, Pakistan, Jordan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh have expressed dissatisfaction with Chinese-made defense equipment.
According to sources, the Nepalese Army has expressed interest in purchasing 48 new APCs from China, as well as ammunition.
The Army has also sought a four-week armoured vehicle training course.
The Nepalese Army received 63 APCs for UN Peacekeeping Missions in 2018, but they were deemed to be ‘technically’ useless in protecting against rocket-propelled grenade strikes.
It also purchased 47 armored vehicles in 2014. These APCs were reportedly stashed in a Nepalese Army barrack, according to sources.
Nepalese security and defense specialists questioned the government’s spending of over Rs 3.747 billion in 2019 and sought an investigation.
China, according to experts, aims to encircle smaller countries in order to extend its territory.
“As evidenced by the case of Pakistan. Islamabad currently appears to be a Chinese territory, and there appears to be no way out of China’s debt-trap system in the near future “according to sources