LOC TEN­SION SPURS CON­CERNS OVER IN­FANTRY MOD­ERNI­SA­TION

SP's LandForces - - NEWS IN BRIEF -

The high de­gree of cease­fire vi­o­la­tions on the line of con­trol (LoC) has height­ened aware­ness of slow progress in in­fantry mod­erni­sa­tion in the coun­try. The Army’s In­fantry Direc­torate has called for a meet­ing to speed up the F-IN­SAS pro­gramme to pro­vide in­fantry units with more in­te­grated bat­tle­field equip­ment. Ten­sions on the LoC have seen the use of hand-held ther­mal im­agers and other equip­ment, but the In­fantry Direc­torate is of the view that far greater pace of mod­erni­sa­tion is de­sir­able to­wards a much more pre­pared sol­dier de­ployed in the for­ward ar­eas. Ac­cord­ing to sources, apart from pri­mary weapon and sur­viv­abil­ity mod­erni­sa­tion, the In­fantry Direc­torate is keen to shore up sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and night-fight­ing equip­ment aug­men­ta­tion for sol­diers, start­ing with those in Rashtriya Ri­fles and Spe­cial Forces units, and then to other reg­u­lar in­fantry units. The com­ing weeks are likely to see a slew of fresh ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est per­tain­ing to the F-IN­SAS pro­gramme.

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