Industry is the most able partner for Indian Armys modernisation, says Army Chief

December 13th, 2007 - 5:49 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec.13 (ANI): The Indian private industry has matured into a dynamic self reliant sector and is now capable of undertaking design and development works indigenously as well as in collaboration with foreign countries, said General Deepak Kapoor, Chief of the Army Staff at Army Industry Partnership Meet 2007 an International Seminar on Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS), organised by jointly by Infantry Directorate and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here on Thursday.
Indian industry has demonstrated the capabilities in the fields of Information Technology and other core sectors and Indian Army expects the Industry to achieve excellence in defence technology too, he said.
The future paradigm of warfare would have numerous dimensions environment would be Information Warfare oriented, operational and tactical situations would call for speedy decision making and integration with other services would be vital, said the Army Chief. Enhanced intelligence, training skills, flexibility and adaptability for infantry have become increasingly important as the army equipment and weapon systems have become sophisticated and complex, General Kapoor added.
F-INSAS is the need of the future digitised battlefield as it is necessary to achieve full integration of the individual soldier into higher level of combat architechture, he said. It would harness advanced technologies to enable infantry soldier to read the battle environment instantly and respond either individually or as a tactical team with speed, precision, lethality and agility exploiting all the supporting combat components, said General Kapoor.
The infantry soldier should have multi terrain, multi environment capability to fight as an autonomous combat platform networked into the overall war fighting system architecture, said Lt. General Rajender Singh, Director General Infantry, Integrated Hq of MoD(Army).
Fourth generation warfare imperatives would make battle infantry predominant involving close combat and fighting in built up areas and F-INSAS will play a major role in future battlefield in deceiving, demoralising, disintegrating and destroying the enemy, he added.
The modern war fighting must possess an intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition system along with precise, accurate and lethal firepower assets, said Lt. General Singh. An automated command, control and communications system to network it to the rest of the war fighting machinery is also the requirement of the modern battlefield, he added.
With worlds leading defence companies willing to participate and the availability of cutting edge technology in India, through joint ventures or transfer arrangements, Indian Army is confident of having a smooth integration of the best suited components for armys Integrated Soldier System in partnership with industry in the shortest possible time, assured Lt. General Singh.
Speaking on industry perspective, Atul Dev Tayal, Managing Director, Rolta Thales Limited, said that Indian infantry is continuously engaged to counter insurgency in the current scenario and it is important to focus at the multi-mission and multi-role capacity of a soldier.
Lethality, sustainability and mobility are important elements of success for modern infantry, he said. Industry has tremendous opportunity in partnership with Defence force in the field of microelectronic, imaging and computerisation, added Tayal
Dr. Surinder Kapur, Chairman, CII Mission of Innovation in Manufacturing, and Chairman and Managing Director, Sono Koyo Steering Systems Limited, said that the encouragement by Indian Army has made Industry ready to invest in research & development and production to meet the expectations of public companies and global requirements, he said. CII has taken initiative to encourage Industry participation in the process of defence acquisition and have conducted eight certificate courses on defence acquisition for the Industry representatives, informed Dr. Kapur.
S Niyogi, Deputy Director General, CII mentioning that technological requirement is crucial for the modernisation of Infantry, announced DEFEXPO 2008, to be organised by the CII from February 16 to 19 February 2008.(ANI)

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