Re­port on sem­i­nar on night fight­ing ca­pa­bil­ity


There is a need to change the ap­proach from ‘ac­quir­ing tech­nol­ogy’ to ‘de­vel­op­ment of tech­nol­ogy’ in or­der to achieve de­sired level of in­di­geni­sa­tion. The aim should be to equip the In­dian armed forces with state-of-the-art equip­ment to bring them at par with the world lead­ers,” said Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Ji­ten­dra Singh, while inau­gu­rat­ing a two-day sem­i­nar on Night Fight­ing Ca­pa­bil­ity on April 25-26, 2013, in New Delhi.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the strides made in in­dige­nous de­sign and de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of equip­ment to en­hance night fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Ji­ten­dra Singh em­pha­sised on self-re­liance in the field of in­stru­men­ta­tion and to re­duce the im­port con­tent to a min­i­mum. He also em­pha­sised the need of greater syn­ergy among dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers in the process of de­vel­op­ment i.e. DRDO, pub­lic sec­tor and pri­vate in­dus­try.

“We are fac­ing in­cur­sions from across the land bor­ders and there is need to have early warn­ing sys­tems to han­dle such sit­u­a­tions more ef­fec­tively.”

Dr V.K. Saraswat, Sci­en­tific Ad­viser to the De­fence Min­is­ter, Sec­re­tary Depart­ment of De­fence R&D and DG DRDO, high­lighted the achieve­ments of DRDO in the field of elec­tro-op­tics. He also men­tioned about the de­vel­op­ment of Ther­mal-imag­ing based com­man­der’s sight for T-72 and T-90 tanks as well as BMPs, thus re­mov­ing the night blind­ness of th­ese ar­moured fight­ing ve­hi­cles.

Men­tion­ing the progress made by IRDE in this crit­i­cal area, he gave the ex­am­ple of re­cently de­vel­oped in­te­grated multi-func­tional sight that weighs 3.5 kg, as com­pared to the first-gen­er­a­tion de­vices of sim­i­lar na­ture that used to weigh around 55 kg. Em­pha­sis­ing the need to strengthen man­u­fac­tur­ing in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try, he stated that the coun­try had to gear up to pro­duce the ad­vanced ther­mal de­tec­tors in­dige­nously, “Our big­gest weak­ness is the avail­abil­ity of in­frared imag­ing de­tec­tor fab­ri­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties.”

De­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress, Lt. Gen­eral S.K. Singh, Vice Chief of Army Staff briefed about the Army ac­qui­si­tion plans for the next decade and ex­pected DRDO to match the ex­pec­ta­tions of the armed forces. The part­ner­ship of pri­vate in­dus­try could be cru­cial, he em­pha­sised. The ser­vices to­day are look­ing for in­no­va­tive tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions to stay ahead of their ad­ver­saries.

Anil Kumar, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Bharat Elec­tron­ics Limited (BEL) in his ad­dress put forth the in­dus­try per­spec­tive. He as­sured that BEL cen­tres are al­ways ready to sup­port the in­di­geni­sa­tion ef­forts of the coun­try and will de­liver the qual­ity in­stru­ments in time to the armed forces.

The Min­is­ter of State for De­fence, Ji­ten­dra Singh at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a sem­i­nar on “Night Fight­ing Ca­pa­bil­ity”

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