‘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
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