Sym­po­sium of 100 years of tank


Asym­po­sium on ‘100 Years of the Tank’ was or­gan­ised by South Asia De­fence & Strate­gic Re­view on May 2, 2016, at Kothari Au­di­to­rium, DRDO Bhawan, in New Delhi on the oc­ca­sion of the Ar­moured Corps Day. Var­i­ous im­por­tant serv­ing mil­i­tary and civil­ian dig­ni­taries apart from serv­ing of­fi­cers and vet­er­ans from the Ar­moured Corps at­tended the same.

The open­ing ad­dress was de­liv­ered by Lt Gen­eral Ajai Singh, the for­mer Gover­nor of As­sam. Other im­por­tant ad­dresses in­cluded ad­dress on ‘Fu­ture Battle Space – Fos­ter­ing Com­bined Arms Ef­fect’ by Lt Gen­eral Subrata Saha, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S), ‘A Dom­i­nant Multi-Spec­trum Force of De­ci­sion’ by Lt Gen­eral A.B. Shivane, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Mech­a­nised Forces, ‘Ar­mour—The Way Forward’ by Lt Gen­eral A.K. Singh, the Lt Gover­nor of An­daman & Ni­co­bar and Puducherry.

The sec­ond ses­sion was chaired by Lt Gen­eral Philip Cam­pose, for­mer Vice Chief of the Army on ‘Glo­ri­ous Past, Dom­i­nat­ing Present and Chal­leng­ing Fu­ture’. A panel dis­cus­sion was also held on ‘Lead­er­ship Chal­lenges in Com­bat in Mod­ern Day Mech­a­nised Bat­tlespace’ chaired by Lt Gen­eral Amit Sharma, Com­man­der in Chief, Strate­gic Forces Com­mand which also in­cluded talk by Colonel Efraim De­frin of the Is­rael Army on ‘Ma­jor Tank Battles post WW-II and Take­aways.’

The final ses­sion on ‘Tanks in Fu­ture Bat­tlespace’ was chaired by Lt Gen­eral Anil Chait (Retd), for­mer CISC and com­menced with the ad­dress by Lt Gen­eral K.J. Singh, West­ern Army Com­man­der on the ‘En­vis­aged Role of Tanks in the In­dian Con­text in Con­tem­po­rary Bat­tlespace’. Lt Gen­eral K.J. Singh also chaired the panel dis­cus­sion on ‘Touch Stones for Fu­ture Ready Mech­a­nised Forces’, which also in­cluded talk on ‘Ar­moured Ve­hi­cles for the Fu­ture Bat­tlespace – Role and Em­ploy­ment’ by Bri­gadier James Carr Smith, Deputy Com­man­der of the United King­dom’s 1 Di­vi­sion.

Lt Gen­eral Ajai Singh, the for­mer Gover­nor of As­sam, Lt Gen­eral A.K. Singh, the Lt Gover­nor of An­daman & Ni­co­bar and Puducherry, Lt Gen­eral Subrata Saha, DCOAS, and Lt Gen­eral A.B. Shivane, DGMF, dur­ing the Con­fer­ence.

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