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In an ef­fort to hone up fir­ing skills among its mech­a­nised forces, the In­dian Army is look­ing to economise on am­mu­ni­tion and move largely to the realm of sim­u­la­tors, a global best prac­tice among mil­i­taries in the west. The Army has an­nounced in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing SIMFIRE, a Ger­man com­pany’s range of shoot­ing sim­u­la­tors, for its T-90/T-72 and BMP I/II in the near fu­ture.

“Tac­ti­cal train­ing in the Mech­a­nised Forces is con­ducted with re­al­is­tic de­pic­tion of bat­tle­field sce­nar­ios and re­sul­tant ma­noeu­vres/counter-ma­noeu­vres be­ing car­ried out by par­tic­i­pat­ing units/sub units. In such cir­cum­stances, though all ef­forts are made to paint re­al­is­tic tac­ti­cal sit­u­a­tions, the out­come is left to the judge­ment of um­pires/con­trol or­gan­i­sa­tion set up for the con­duct of the ex­er­cise/ train­ing. This, leads to a lot of sub­jec­tiv­ity in the en­tire process of im­part­ing re­al­is­tic train­ing,” says the Army in its re­quest for in­for­ma­tion. Fur­ther­more, to draw out cor­rect tac­ti­cal lessons, it is im­per­a­tive that the ef­fec­tive­ness of the own/op­po­nents fire is seen by the crew op­er­at­ing on the A ve­hi­cles. There­fore, in or­der to ob­vi­ate the above men­tioned draw­back in our present tac­ti­cal train­ing and en­able a two sided live fir­ing ex­er­cise, it is in­tended to in­duct SIMFIRE equip­ment into ser­vice.

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