Can you give us what we need: Asks Army Chief


Gen­eral Bipin Rawat chaired a com­bined ses­sion of ‘the user and the provider’ at­tended by renowned in­dus­tri­al­ists, aca­demi­cians as well as the de­ci­sion mak­ing hi­er­ar­chy of the Army and re­leased the ‘Com­pendium of Prob­lem State­ments Vol II’, which has been pre­pared by Army De­sign Bu­reau (ADB) af­ter de­tailed in­ter­ac­tion with all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing soldiers de­ployed in field.

The first vol­ume, with 50 prob­lem state­ments re­leased on De­cem­ber 5, 2016, was re­ceived with tremen­dous amount of en­thu­si­asm, 28 new prob­lem state­ments have now been added which will en­able in­dus­try and academia to un­der­stand the ‘Felt Needs’ and come up with indige­nous so­lu­tions in­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy trends for In­dia’s mil­i­tary power.

Giv­ing feed­back on the first vol­ume, in­dus­tri­al­ists and aca­demi­cians ex­pressed keen­ness to step up R&D for so­lu­tions to Army’s prob­lems and deeply ap­pre­ci­ated Army’s ef­forts call­ing the rais­ing of ADB as a path-break­ing step.

R.S. Bha­tia pointed that In­dia is prob­a­bly the only great na­tion where in­dus­trial might of the coun­try is not yet re­flected in its de­fence forces.

Gen­eral Rawat took the op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge the in­dus­try and academia by ask­ing them to align the so­lu­tions to the stated prob­lems. “We want to fight next war with tech­nol­ogy on our side and not like the past”, he said. He sought ef­forts to­wards the most im­por­tant need to bring in trans­parency of the bat­tle­field to al­low bet­ter de­ci­sion mak­ing. Point­ing out the draw­backs in trial equip­ment, he asked the in­dus­try and academia to fo­cus on the fact that In­dian Army will fight its wars in var­ied ter­rain and weather con­di­tions seek­ing them to come up with ro­bust, rugged, minia­turised yet tech­no­log­i­cally com­pat­i­ble so­lu­tions. He fur­ther nudged them to come up with a ‘So­ci­ety for De­fence Man­u­fac­ture’ as the next step.

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