Indian Army wants to fight the next war with technology on its side, Can you give us what we need, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat challenged a gathering of top industrialists and academia of the country on Friday.
Under the government’s `Make In India’ drive, the Indian Army over the past one and a half years has been closely engaging with the country’s top industry and academia to seek indigenous solutions for military modernisation.
While speaking at the release of the ‘Compendium of Problem Statements Volume II’, which has been prepared by Army Design Bureau (ADB) after detailed interaction with all stake holders including soldiers deployed in field, General Rawat took the opportunity to challenge the industry and academia by asking them to align the solutions to the stated problems.
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.
The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Sarath Chand, Deputy Chief of Army Staff for Planning and Systems Lt Gen Subrata Saha, who has been spearheading the initiative, also spoke on the occasion. On behalf of the industry, those present included Mr Jayant D Patil, President (Defence and Aerospace), Larsen and Toubro, President, Defence and Aerospace, Kalyani Forge, Mr R S Bhatia
According to the President, Defence and Aerospace, Kalyani Group, Mr 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. He was confident that the domestic industry and academia can work hand-in-hand with the Indian Army and possess the technical know-how to deliver in line with the needs of the Armed Forces. Others who spoke at the event included Prof Asim Tewari (IIT Mumbai), Prof P P Chakraborty (IIT Kharangpur), Mr DK Hota and Prof Shantanu Bhowmik of Amrita University Coimbatore besides Mr Bhatia of Bharat Forge and Mr Jayant D Patil, President (Defence and Aerospace), Larsen and Toubro.
The first volume, with 50 problem statements released on December 5 last year was received with tremendous amount of enthusiasm.
This time 28 new problem statements have been added to 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.
Industry leaders and the academicians who seemed greatly ‘fired up’ committed to work towards ensuring that ‘Indian Army Will Win India’s Wars with Indian Solutions’.