Indian Defense Ministry admits almost half its planes can't fly

December 17, 2015 8:32 PM

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NEW DELHI, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Only about 55 percent of India's military aircraft are in operational order, with a large number grounded due to technical issues according to reports.

The surprisingly dismal state of India's military aircraft fleet was reported to a parliamentary panel by Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar in a notice, according to The Economic Times. This means just over 350 of India's 700 combat aircraft are cleared to take flight.

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