Digitisation critical to Army’s modernisation programme
The world over, armies are undergoing massive transformation, dictated by new threats, asymmetric warfare and rapidly changing technologies. The transformation is happening at a breakneck speed and a critical component of this radical change is digitisation of the battlefield. The more digitised the army is going to be, the more effective it will be. The Indian Army is no exception in this global transformation and it has rightly embarked upon a modernisation programme which will have the potential to deal with war where boundaries are not outlined.
Understanding the importance of the modernisation programme, we at SP Guide Publications have joined hands with the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) to organise a seminar on ‘Digitisation of the Battlefield’, in New Delhi on October 31.
Digitisation is a critical component as it is the application of information technologies to acquire, exchange, and employ timely digital information throughout the battle space, tailored to the needs of each decider (commander), shooter, and supporter—allowing each to maintain a clear and accurate vision of his battle space necessary to support both planning and execution.
Ahead of the seminar, SP’s M.A.I. has lined up articles by Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch, highlighting communication for the battlefield management system (BMS); command, control, communications, computers, information and intelligence (C4I2) systems; geographic information systems (GIS) and net-centric warfare (NCW), all of which add up to a lethal combination. While discussing the key points of these systems, Lt General Katoch has underlined the urgency for India to take up digitisation of BMS as any delay would not only escalate costs, but also leave the army in a disadvantageous position.
In his fortnightly viewpoint, Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch has welcomed the decision of the United States to list 10 defence technologies for transfer to India, bringing India into a small group of closest allies with which America shares such sensitive details without export control. If cleared, it is estimated that the number of such defence technology transfers could cross 90.
Talking about delays, in SP’s Exclusive we have outlined how the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal which was approved 21 months ago is in a limbo, leaving the Indian Air Force (IAF) waiting in the wings, so to say. With elections round the corner, there is not likely to be a decision on sealing the deal. While that is on hold, the good news is that the IAF has received its fourth of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift transport aircraft.
In this issue, we have a show report on AUSA 2013 (Association of United States Army which was held in Washington from October 21-23) wherein there is clamour for technologies which are not only cost-effective but have multi-level of use, all driven by slashed defence expenditure, at least in the West.
We look forward to your participation in the seminar and also to your feedback which will help us sharpen our coverage of news and views.
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