Modernizing Indian defence, need of the hour

Modernizing Indian defence, need of the hour
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First Published: Thu, May 10 2007. 04 58 PM IST
Updated: Thu, May 10 2007. 04 58 PM IST
New Delhi: Given India’s growing economic strength and position in the regional and global arena, it is critical that defence forces be fully geared to play the role of protector - both from internal and external threats.
A Defence Communication Seminar organized jointly by CII, Corps of Signals and Integrated HQ of Ministry of Defence (Army) was inaugurated by Mr M M Pallam Raju, Rakshya Rajya Mantri here on 10 May.
Coinciding with the seminar is an exhibition that will be held from 10-12 May focusing on ‘Strategies for Future Defence Networks and Relevance of Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) / Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) in Future Battlefields’.
The Minister said that in context to India’s economic strength and position in the regional and global arena, it is important that armed forces, industry, academia and research and development establishments synergize their efforts and work in close coordination with each other so that we make ourselves strong and self-reliant”.
He mentioned that warfare over the last two decades has undergone significant change due to revolution in military affairs, resulting in digitization of the battlefield, creating greater transparency across the command structure.
Communication technology and data networks are key enablers of Network Centric Warfare and ‘Network Centricity’ of the entire complement of war fighting elements which makes security, reliability and availability of communications, a major focus area in the digitized battlefield.
Mr Raju mentioned that major advances in ICT are being driven primarily by the demands of the commercial sector. He also added that experience in recent conflicts has highlighted the need for exploitation of commercial technologies for Defence communication networks and their use on the battlefield.
Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, Vice Chief of Army Staff said the focus is shifting from platform centric to network centric battlefields. The information grid should be an enabler of providing an edge at the battlefield for soldiers and generals. Network centric warfare will integrate the entire spectrum of strategy making, taking decisions and implementing them at the battle-ground.
He also mentioned that the three defence services need to be coordinated and should work in cohesion. Indian Army has initiated a number of programmes to have a digitized battlefield and Indian industry has to come forward to join hands with the defence force to deal with future war situations.
Atul Kirloskar, Chairman, CII National Committee on Defence and CMD, Kirloskar Oil Engines said that Indian Defence should create policies to open up opportunities for Indian companies and contribute to Indian economy.
He assured Indian defence and industry representatives that CII will share its responsibility in building a modern Indian Defence. Ministry of Defence should enable industry to participate in research and development of defence requirements. He also suggested that DRDO be a research partner for industry.
Indian business is expected to receive $18 bn investment in the next five years and Indian defence can take advantage of the growing economy in developing a relationship with industry. According to CII, Industry is willing to invest in research and development that is specially focused towards defence requirements. He emphasized the process of bidding in awarding contracts for defence requirements and bringing transparency to commercial procurements.
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First Published: Thu, May 10 2007. 04 58 PM IST