ED­I­TO­RIAL

SP's LandForces - - INTERVIEW - JAYANT BARAN­WAL Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

The lead ar­ti­cle in this is­sue is an in­ter­view with the Direc­tor Gen­eral of Ar­tillery, Lt Gen­eral P.K. Sri­vas­tava on the oc­ca­sion of the 191 Gun­ners’ Day on Septem­ber 28, 2018. It is to com­mem­o­rate - lery Unit, 5 (Bom­bay) Moun­tain Bat­tery on this day in 1827. He started by ex­plain­ing the chang­ing role of Ar­tillery from ‘Neu­tral­is­ing to Degra­da­tion or De­struc­tion’. Neu­tral­is­ing the en­emy aims at ba­si­cally re­strict­ing his ob­serva- tion and ham­per­ing his mo­bil­ity for a limited pe­riod of time which can - mately 15 to 20 per cent ca­su­al­ties. Degra­da­tion or de­struc­tion on the other hand, aims at caus­ing 50 to 60 per cent or more ca­su­al­ties to the en­emy forces and equip­ment mak­ing them use­less for a pro­tracted pe­riod of time. This shift has risen out of the need to win bat­tles while min­imis­ing phys­i­cal con­tact. He then ex­pounded on the Field Ar­tillery Ra­tion­al­isa in the year 2000 wherein, medium guns with 155mm cal­i­bre were made the stan­dard gun sys­tem.

This lead to medi­u­mi­sa­tion of ar­tillery, which is very much on track. He stressed that they have adopted a mul­ti­pronged ap­proach wherein strengths of the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors have been lever­aged along with limited pro­cure­ments from for­eign agen­cies to usher in state-of-the-art tech­nol- ogy. This has lead to the suc­cess­ful pro­cure­ment of gun sys­tems like 155mm/39 cal­i­bre ul­tra light how­itzers from US and 155mm/52 cal­i­bre tracked (self-pro­pelled) ar­tillery guns from L&T. The ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘ More Mus­cle for Ar­tillery’ gives out the sta­tus of the mod­erni­sa­tion of Ar­tillery.

In­dian Army has al­ways strived to re­duce the ‘tooth to tail ra­tio’ and there have been many such en­deav­ours in the past like the Kr­ishna Rao Com­mit­tee (named af­ter the for­mer Chief Gen Kr­ishna Rao who also chaired it); Gen Joshi Com­mit­tee (again named af­ter a for­mer chief who also headed it); Vi­jay Singh Com­mit­tee ( named af­ter a for­mer Vice Chief who also headed it). A large por­tion of In­dia’s borders are un­re­solved thus lead­ing for main­tain­ing a large force level with ad­verse ef­fect on the bud­get.

The cur­rent ex­er­cise be­ing car­ried out by the Army pre­sum­ably aims to ad­dress the force lev­els, or­gan­i­sa­tion struc­tures, ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­lated short­falls of the In­dian Army with a view to op­ti­mally trans­form it, over a ag­ile, ver­sa­tile and tech­nol­ogy en­abled com­bined arms mod­u­lar force, ca­pa­ble of meet­ing cur­rent and fu­ture op­er­a­tional chal­lenges. Thus an depth anal­y­sis on the sub­ject is in­cluded in this is­sue.

The other key event was the Indo-US 2+2 Di­a­logue where dis­cus­sions were held over a wide rang­ing of sub­jects cov­er­ing the geopo­lit­i­cal and geostrate­gic de­vel­op­ments. US Sec­re­tary of State Michael. R. Pom­peo em­pha­sised that “all coun­tries in Asia and will be our pri­or­ity.”

ba­sis of night vi­sion thus an im­age - ing the in­ten­sity of ex­ist­ing light in the en­vi­ron­ment for an op­ti­cal sys­tem to en­able to op­er­ate in low-light con­di­tions. Night vi­sion de­vices would be­come more and the ther­mal im­ager is com­bined to bring out the best at­tributes of both. This is­sue in­cludes

More in this is­sue on joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, aid to Ker­ala dur

Wish you all read­ers a happy Dussehra!

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