‘The con­cept of func­tion­ing as an All Arms Team is the cor­ner­stone of mech­a­nised oper­a­tions’

SP’s Land Forces Edi­tor Lt Gen­eral (Retd) V.K. Kapoor in­ter­viewed Lt Gen­eral D.S. Sid­dhu, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Mech­a­nised Forces. In a free and frank at­mos­phere, the highly ex­pe­ri­enced Gen­eral of the In­dian Army who has wide ex­pe­ri­ence in com­mand­ing ar­moured

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SP’s Land Forces (SP’s): What is the role of your Direc­torate with re­gard to the de­sign­ing of fu­ture tanks and In­fantry Fight­ing Ve­hi­cles (ICVs) for the Ar­moured Corps and Mech­a­nised In­fantry? Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Mech­a­nised (DGMF): Forces

The DGMF is the nodal agency for prop­a­gat­ing the Gen­eral Ser­vices Qual­i­ta­tive Re­quire­ment (GSQR) for de­sign­ing tanks and ICVs. We en­deav­our to tailor the mech­a­nised force and the equip­ment to re­main cur­rent with the ever chang­ing fu­tur­is­tic bat­tle­field sce­nario and achieve the de­sired op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Prior to fi­nal­is­ing the de­sign, wide con­sul­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions are held with all the stake- hold­ers, i.e. in­tra-ser­vice, and with the de­sign­ers, pro­duc­ers and the qual­ity as­sur­ance agen­cies. In ad­di­tion, ef­forts are made to be cur­rent with the lat­est tech­nolo­gies avail­able glob­ally by or­gan­is­ing in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nars and pre­sen­ta­tions by rel­e­vant ven­dors. This is then dis­cussed with the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) and other agen­cies and finds ex­pres­sion as a Pre­lim­i­nary Staff Qual­i­ta­tive Re­quire­ment (PSQR). Af­ter fur­ther de­lib­er­a­tions, this gets con­verted to a GSQR prior to de­vel­op­ment of the pro­to­type. Con­cep­tu­al­is­ing and mon­i­tor­ing of the new tank/ICV in all stages of its de­vel­op­ment, right from the PSQR stage to its reg­u­lar pro­duc­tion, is done by the Mech­a­nised Forces Direc­torate.

SP’s: In the con­text of the changed na­ture/ char­ac­ter of war, have any new roles been de­fined for the Mech­a­nised Forces? DGMF:

To re­main op­er­a­tionally rel­e­vant in the chang­ing sce­nario, there is a need to con­stantly de­velop, evolve and adapt to the chang­ing threat spec­trum. With this as the fo­cus, Mech­a­nised Forces are de­vel­op­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to fight and de­ci­sively in­flu­ence out­come of oper­a­tions across the en­tire spec­trum of con­flict. In ad­di­tion to our

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