The Indian Army is all set to release the second edition of the Problem Statement Compendium or the ‘felt needs’/ requirements identified for the effective functioning of its men and machinery on border and field areas.
Military modernisation is a continuous process that is essential to ensure India’s defence preparedness and Indian Army uses a variety of high technology equipment to help maintain a winning edge for the armed forces.
The Compendium is an outcome of detailed interactions carried out with major stakeholders including the Army personnel deployed in field and forward areas, leading training Institutions and Planning Establishments of the country.
This second edition of the Problem Statement Compendium compiled by the team of Army Design Bureau of Indian Army under Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Systems and Planning), Lt Gen Subrata Saha will be released on Friday by the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat.
The release of the first volume happened in December last year and generated huge amount of enthusiasm among all the stakeholders from the academia, industry and the users.
These problem statements or ‘felt needs’ compiled by the Indian Army – 50 problems in the first edition and 35 in the one to be released shortly — is a ready blueprint for the industry and academia to understand and provide indigenised and innovative solutions in line with the latest technology for India’s military power and usher in high levels of competitiveness.
These 50 plus 35 “Felt Needs” in the two volumes are aimed at empowering the soldiers of the Indian Army with the latest and future core technologies.
The focus and mandate of the report is simple yet comes with a powerful underlying message… “Indian Army Will Win Indian Wars with Indian Solutions.”
The immense talent existing in the Indian academic institutions has so far never been tapped before for providing advanced technological solutions to the Indian Armed Forces as has been this time by the Indian Army.
For instance, requirements such as that of Night Vision Devices, Bullet Proof Jackets and many similar ‘felt needs’ are being addressed by these two reports that seek participation of the Indian academia with domestic industry.
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In the past one and a half years, the Indian Army has launched a major outreach program led by Lt Gen Subrata Saha to engage with the Industry and the Academia.
In the past few months, the industry and academia were for the first time taken to the forward locations of Kashmir, Sikkim, Leh as also to border areas of Rajasthan, Gujarat.
In line with visits conducted earlier and to provide a first-hand experience to the industry and academia on the issues faced by the Indian Army at forward locations, currently a group of Professors, Scholars and Industry representatives recently visited forward areas in Ladakh region from March 13 to 18, to get a first hand understanding of problems in the field requiring scientific and technological solutions. This was the fourth border area tour undertaken as part of the extensive out reach programme.
This gave the indigenous solution providers (academia like IITs, IISC, DRDO labs and domestic industry) a first-hand account of the critical areas and hardships faced by troops at such locations and understand ways to transform Indian Army into a modern, high technology force capable of meeting complex future challenges and emerge as a formidable pillar of national security.
On its part, the Indian Army’s is aggressively moving ahead in its quest for ‘Winning India’s Wars with Indian Solutions’ and has signed till now five MOUs with IIT Madras, Gandhinagar, Jabalpur, Mumbai and Kharagpur.
As many as 20 Army-Industry bilateral interactive sessions have been held with close to 2000 entities in attendance (that included large, medium, small, MSMEs and start-ups).
In addition, 10 trilateral Academia-Industry-Army interactions have taken place with over 800 Professors and Scholars from IIT Bombay, Madras, Gandhinagar, Kharagpur, Jabalpur, IISC Bangalore, PSG Coimbatore, Amrita University, Coimbatore, IIT Ropar and Bhubaneswar.
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