In­creas­ing in­fra­struc­ture for dig­i­tal army top pri­or­ity: Dr Bhamre


The Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Dr Sub­hash Bhamre re­cently said that in­creas­ing of in­fra­struc­ture for the dig­i­tal army based on state-of-the-art tech­nolo­gies is a top pri­or­ity of the gov­ern­ment. In his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress at the De­f­com In­dia 2017 with the theme ‘ In­fra­struc­ture and Skilled Hu­man Re­source for Dig­i­tal Army’, Dr Bhamre said that this ini­tia­tive for cre­ation of op­er­a­tional in­for­ma­tion net­works and sys­tems should be ex­pe­dited at all lev­els. He stated that the ro­bust, se­cure, high ca­pac­ity data net­works and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems are an ur­gent ne­ces­sity for Op­er­a­tional Com­man­ders. “They are also a crit­i­cal facet of the force mod­erni­sa­tion plans of the In­dian Army, which will fur­ther form a ful­crum for Tri-Ser­vices in­te­gra­tion in times to come,” he added. The Min­is­ter how­ever, said that the cre­ation of in­fra­struc­ture for the Dig­i­tal Army will need indige­nous In­dian so­lu­tions and sys­tems from the se­cu­rity point of view. Dr Bhamre em­pha­sised that the cre­ation of indige­nous ca­pa­bil­i­ties in in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies (ICT) for the de­fence sec­tor will give a ma­jor fil­lip to the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme.

The Chief of the Army Staff Gen­eral Bipin Rawat said that in the present com­plex en­vi­ron­ment, tech­nol­ogy is im­bibed by the armed forces in a man­ner that will rapidly keep pace with the chang­ing tech­nolo­gies be­fore they be­come ob­so­lete. “But for that to hap­pen it is im­por­tant that we are able to iden­tify the cor­rect type of tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment that is to be in­ducted into the armed forces”, he stated. Gen­eral Bipin Rawat fur­ther em­pha­sised that the Army has to keep pace with the digi­tised world and en­sure that most of its sys­tems are digi­tised as early as pos­si­ble. At the same time it has to be re­mem­bered that war will be fought on the bor­der and there­fore the tech­nol­ogy to be in­cor­po­rated into the Army’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem has to be ruggedised and light­weight.

The two-day event or­gan­ised jointly by the Corps of Sig­nals of the In­dian Army and the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII), was also ad­dressed by Sig­nal Of­fi­cer-in-Chief and Se­nior Colonel Com­man­dant, Corps of Sig­nals Lt Gen­eral Ashish Ran­jan Prasad and Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of CII Chan­dra­jit Ban­er­jee.

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