‘We would soon have in our inventory the latest surveillance equipment, UAVS and communication system’
Lt General Vinod Nayanar, Director General of the Regiment of Artillery, in an interview with said that the Artillery is in the process of procurement and development of gun systems, ammunition (including propellants and fuzes), support systems and networ
ammunition like sensor fuzed munitions, terminally guided munitions and trajectory correctible munitions and the same we hope will fructify in the next few years, based on the pace of the procurement process.
SP’s: What has been the result of fielding the ACCCS in the field formations? DG:
ACCCS has been a landmark achievement for the Artillery in its quest for network-centricity. It has greatly enhanced our capability to deliver highly accurate and responsive fire power. The fielding of the equipment has brought forth many challenges which are being addressed quite successfully. Some of these challenges relate to the types of communication equipment being used, as also integration with other networks. Highly innovative methods are being looked at to address these challenges.
SP’s: As part of the battlefield management system (BMS), is every artillery weapon platform going to be a ‘situational awareness platform’ or is this being done at the battery level? DG:
Most of the “new generation” guns available worldwide are equipped with integrated fire control and communication systems which enables them to function as autonomous units. All the new generation guns which are under procurement/development for the Indian Artillery too, are envisaged to have the above mentioned capability. This however does not take away the capability to also control them at the battery level (which in fact would be the norm), thus bringing in inherent flexibility in the system.
SP’s: We believe that the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has had the design of the 155mm Bofors with them for the last two decades. Why have we not been able to design and manufacture 155mm howitzers ourselves? Has the private sector shown any interest in this field? DG:
The transfer of technology by Bofors was available with the OFB. Hitherto, the technology was utilised for production of spare barrels, breech block and certain other critical parts of the gun. The technology was also utilised for production of ammunition. With a view to open an alternate avenue for procurement of gun system, OFB has been given an opportunity. This is also in keeping with our long-term aim of achieving selfreliance. The private sector is being used extensively to source components/subsystems for this project.
SP’s: Has the concept of Artillery Divisions been successful? What are the advantages that have been experienced by grouping Artillery in a division level organisation? DG:
Yes, the concept of Artillery Division has been successful in providing a flexible, responsive and effective organisation at theatre level to plan, coordinate, employ and exploit firepower to optimise effectiveness. It is a force multiplier and it has indeed added a new dimension to the concept of employment of Artillery. Rockets, missiles and long-range guns with a variety of ammunition including precision guided ammunition grouped in the Artillery Division level organisation gives us the capability to concentrate firepower for the conduct of tactical degradation operations as well as fire support to the formations as part of overall theatre plan.