CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF GENERAL DAL­BIR SINGH AN­SWERED TO SP’s ON ARMY DAY PRESS CON­FER­ENCE

SP’sLANDFORCES: QUICK QUES­TIONS

SP's LandForces - - MODERNISATION -

Jayant Baran­wal: What are the new se­cu­rity chal­lenges?

COAS: The dy­nam­ics of se­cu­rity chal­lenges keep chang­ing with time, the en­vi­ron­ment pre­vail­ing not only in In­dia but in our neigh­bour­hood and across. The new se­cu­rity chal­lenges that have now emerged, one is cy­ber threat which is a main chal­lenge that we have to counter. We are tak­ing cer­tain steps to­wards this, whether it is cre­ation of fire­walls, the num­ber of lay­ers that we are creat­ing, the age gap be­tween the com­put­ers, the ed­u­ca­tion of peo­ple on ground and also sen­si­tis­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. We have a cy­ber group here at the Army Head­quar­ters and there are es­tab­lish­ments cre­ated, cer­tain or­gan­i­sa­tions at the for­ma­tion level which are look­ing into this as­pect. Also, we carry out a cy­ber au­dit pe­ri­od­i­cally to en­sure that the se­cu­rity of this as­pect is taken care of. This is one ba­sic area, oth­er­wise asym­met­ric threat has only in­creased. Ev­ery time you find the an­swer to one, an­other comes up.

Baran­wal: Are we equipped enough today to han­dle any kind of con­flicts or we are still stuck with the point where General Ma­lik had said dur­ing Kargil “We shall fight with what we have”?

COAS: There are ar­eas where there has been very lit­tle progress or no progress. For ex­am­ple, the ac­qui­si­tion of ar­tillery guns. For the last 28 years, we have not got a sin­gle piece added to our in­ven­tory, so there are cer­tain de­fi­cien­cies of that kind. But there has been sub­stan­tial progress, at least in the last year-and-a-half, on this ac­count. Very large num­ber of clear­ances have been given on ma­jor pro­cure­ment cases. Talk­ing about Arty it­self, 814 guns were cleared. Whether it is Va­jra or Dhanush, they are at var­i­ous stages of pro­cure­ment. So a large num­ber of pro­cure­ment cases of ma­jor equip­ment and am­mu­ni­tion are def­i­nitely mov­ing ahead. It will take some time. I think in the near fu­ture we will start feel­ing the ef­fect.

Baran­wal: Will fast-tracked mod­erni­sa­tion process keep the ‘Make in In­dia’ on side to meet the im­me­di­ate and crit­i­cal re­quire­ments?

COAS: For both the crit­i­cal and im­por­tant projects, we will Buy and Make (In­dian), be­cause if it is crit­i­cal, it is im­me­di­ate and ‘Make in In­dia’ will take some time. We will straight away pro­vide what is min­i­mum re­quired, there­after, through the trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy we will make the bal­ance quan­tity.

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