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Security forces will face a 'hot summer': Antony

Indian Defence Minister A K Antony. A File photo

MUMBAI (PTI): Security forces will face a "hot summer" with sustained attempts being made from across the border to sneak in more terrorists, Defence Minister A K Antony said Thursday.

"Those inimical to India's interest are sending more and more terrorists across the border and it is going to be a hot summer as far as security is concerned," Antony told reporters after the launch of third destroyer built by Mazgaon Docks for the Indian Navy.

The army is ready to face attempts to sneak in more terrorists from across the border this summer, the minister said.

Antony said the Army, Navy and Airforce needs to modernise "and the government is very clear that we need to modernise our armed forces very fast," he said.

After 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, everybody realised that coastal security is becoming very important, he said.

Earlier, speaking at the launch ceremony, Antony said, "we want to build naval ships indigenously and we must involve private shipyards. We cannot go back to the old days of depending on foreign shipyards to fulfill our needs."

Naval aircraft carrier Gorshkov, acquired from Russia would be commissioned in the Indian Navy in 2010, he said.

Also, the indigenous aircraft carrier being built at Kochi would be commissioned in 2014, Antony said.

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