'Fu­ture bat­tle­field hur­dles will be over­come with in­dus­try & academia sup­port'

Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff

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Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (P&S), In­dian Army, has de­clared that the fu­ture bat­tle­field will be such that ev­ery com­bat ve­hi­cle would have to fight in iso­lated pock­ets and sur­mount ob­sta­cles such as habi­ta­tions of peo­ple with vary­ing de­grees of pop­u­la­tion den­sity.

Speak­ing at the FICCI's In­ter­na­tional Sem­i­nar on Ar­moured Fight­ing Ve­hi­cles: En­abling Tech­nolo­gies 2017 in New Delhi on March 2, 2017, Lt. Gen. Saha said that with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the in­dus­try and the academia, the In­dian Army would be able to cross these hur­dles. He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that “we will win ev­ery war with In­dian so­lu­tions”.

Lt. Gen. Saha said that the In­dian Army was cur­rently look­ing at upgra­da­tion of all its sys­tems and to that end in­ter­ac­tions with the in­dus­try and academia have been stepped up. The re­sults of these ef­forts are man­i­fest in the in­crease in the num­ber of RFIs (Re­quest for In­for­ma­tion) and EOIs (Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est) as well as value and num­ber of CFA ap­provals by the MoD for the pro­duc­tion of de­fence equip­ment by the in­dus­try. The mo­men­tum gen­er­ated needs to be sus­tained, he em­pha­sized.

Lt. Gen. AB Shivane, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Direc­torate Gen­eral of Mech­a­nized Forces, In­dian Army, said that the char­ac­ter of the fu­ture bat­tle­field man­dates a com­bined ef­fort of all the three arms of the de­fence forces as well as com­bat ve­hi­cles, ar­tillery, com­bat avi­a­tion, air de­fence on the move, and the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate in net­work cen­tric mode, in or­der to achieve a holis­tic growth of an en­larged mech­a­nized sys­tem.

He said that the In­dian op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ment was de­fined by tur­bu­lent bor­ders and there­fore it was es­sen­tial to find In­dian so­lu­tions for the needs of the In­dian Army. The “Boots and Tracks on the ground are here to stay,” he said. Sur­veil­lance and net cen­tral­ity are the key to fu­ture wars to pro­vide “com­bat over­match”.

Em­pha­sis­ing on the need for long-term plan­ning and sus­te­nance, Lt. Gen. Shivane said that a ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing strat­egy must en­sure a high de­gree of aware­ness of sit­u­a­tional dom­i­nance, com­bat; over­match which is a key fac­tor for tech­no­log­i­cal upgra­da­tion; abil­ity to see the next gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies well in time and fo­cus on R&D and S&T for fu­ture AFVs (Ar­moured Fight­ing Ve­hi­cles). He enu­mer­ated the di­verse op­por­tu­ni­ties for the In­dian in­dus­try in man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment for the In­dian Army and laid out the ex­pec­ta­tions from the in­dus­try. These are ad­her­ence to prom­ise and de­liv­ery in terms of com­pe­tence and time, in­dus­try's ca­pa­bil­ity to pro­vide life­cy­cle sup­port and pro­vide tech­nolo­gies that pre­vail over cost.

Jayant D. Patil, Chair­man, FICCI De­fence & Aero­space Com­mit­tee and Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Mem­ber of the Board, L&T Heavy Engi­neer­ing & L&T Ship­build­ing; S.P. Shukla, Co-Chair­man, FICCI De­fence Com­mit­tee, Group Pres­i­dent, Aero­space & De­fence, Mahin­dra Group; Dr. A. Di­dar Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI and Col. H.S. Shankar (Retd.), Chair­man, FICCI De­fence Sub­Com­mit­tee on De­fence SME, and Chair­man & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Al­pha De­sign Tech­nolo­gies Pvt Ltd, shared their per­spec­tives on the topic of the sem­i­nar.

Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha, Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (P&S), In­dian Army, ad­dress­ing an in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on Ar­moured Fight­ing Ve­hi­cles: En­abling Tech­nolo­gies 2017.

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