While stressing upon the need for induction of latest technology for the armed forces, Indian Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat while speaking at Defcom India 2017 on Thursday emphasized that induction of technologies into the Army’s communication systems has to be ruggedized and light weight, as wars are fought on the border.
“The Army has to keep pace with the digitized 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 ruggedized and light weight,” Gen Rawat said.
He was speaking at the two-day Defcom India 2017 event organised jointly by the Corps of Signals of the Indian Army and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The event, attended by senior officers from the Armed Forces, Indian industry, academia and R&D organisations, was also addressed by the minister of state for defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre as also by Signal Officer-in-Chief and Senior Col. Commandant, Corps of Signals Lt. Gen. Ashish Ranjan Prasad and Director General, CII Chandrajit Banerjee.
Gen Rawat further 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 added.
Significantly, Gen Rawat said the Indian armed forces should be prepared for conventional warfare along the country’s borders and advanced technology for military must be made available on a fast track mode.
He stressed that adequate focus must be given to ensure that “trial procedure” for procurement of military systems do not linger on for too long.
Without naming any country, Gen Rawat said India will continue to face conventional or non-traditional forms of warfare and the armed forces will have to be ready to deal with any such challenge.