Agencies | Last Modified - Dec 03, 2011, 01:09 PM IST
New Delhi: Reports in the Australian media suggest that India plans to train around 20,000 to 30,000 Afghan soldiers in India over the next three year and expand its presence in Afghanistan.
According to the report, US is eager for more countries to take on part of the US$12 billion (Dh44bn) training bill for the Afghan security forces. US is also running out of time, having set 2014 as the deadline for transferring combat duties to local troops.
The report states that this training progamme is a part of a strategic partnership signed between the two countries in October.
Quoting military sources, the report says, Afghan troops will be supplied with assault rifles and with the possibility of later transferring "heavier weaponry such as rocket launchers, light artillery and even retrofitted Soviet T-55 tanks that the Indian Army is retiring".