Army calls for enhanced cooperation from private sectors

Army calls for enhanced cooperation from private sectors

New Delhi: The Army Tuesday said the private sector must play a bigger role in helping the armed forces to develop futuristic communication and IT-related applications as electronic warfare systems will be critical to meet security challenges facing the nation.

“The synergy between the armed forces and the private sector must be harnessed to increase IT-enabled applications which would be vital in meeting security challenges in the future," Vice Chief of Army Lt. Gen. M. L. Naidu said here addressing a seminar on Battlefield Management System.

He said the country’s IT sector must extend its expertise and involvement to meet the Army’s futuristic requirements as future wars will involve applications of IT in a bigger way.

Noting that future warfare will be intense, and flexibility and mobility of forces will hold the key to the outcome, Lt. Gen. Naidu said communication and information systems will play a vital role that scenario.

Addressing the seminar, Lt.Gen. Avadesh Prakash, Director General of Information Systems, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), said communication support for Battlefield Management Systems will have to further enhanced to increase and improve the lethality of the soldiers in war zone.

Battlefield Management Systems (BMS) are the force multipliers and they comprise Command and Decision Support Systems, Surveillance Systems, Weapon Systems, Information Warfare systems and in-built Operational Logistic Systems.

The two-day seminar, organized by the CII and the Army, will try to evolve an ideal system to enable the armed forces to integrate means of surveillance and means of engagement through an Automated Decision Support, and Command and Control Systems.