INDIAN MOD TO INVEST $0.1 TRILLION FOR FUTURISTIC WARFARE WEAPONS
The Indian Ministry of Defence ( MoD) is planning to acquire a wide range of advanced domestically manufactured equipment at the cost of ` 6 trillion ($0.1 trillion) to help prepare the armed forces for futuristic warfare over the next 15 years. Involving robots, precision-guided missiles and watchdog satellites, the procurement is scheduled to be carried out ‘without compromising transparency, fairness and probity at any level’. The release of the MoD’s Technology and Capability Roadmap (TCR) document represented the Ministry’s effort to make both the domestic private and public sector industry aware about the requirements of the armed forces. Highlighting the importance of robots in ground battles, the document said the systems would be required by the Army for assistance during surveillance, reconnaissance, anti-mine and anti-improvised explosive devices (IED) role, as well as urban area combat and casualty extraction missions.