Need to determine dual-use applied sciences that can be utilized for army purposes: Army Chief


New Delhi, August 25

Army Chief Gen MM Naravane on Tuesday pitched for finishing up a actuality verify on army applied sciences which can be required to be fielded operationally within the Indian context.

He stated the Indian armed forces must pay sufficient emphasis on the out there “disruptive technologies” that had a twin use and had been being pushed by industrial entities and improvements.

Addressing a seminar organised by the Army, Gen Naravane stated an overarching nationwide mission to determine the wants and congruence of merchandise into army purposes should kind the modernisation technique for the armed forces.

His feedback got here within the backdrop of the Defence Ministry’s renewed emphasis on making certain self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

“There is a need to carry out a reality check as to which are the technologies that are required to be fielded operationally in the Indian context,” he stated on the seminar on ‘Impact of disruptive technologies and fighting philosophy in future conflicts’.

The Army is engaged on a large modernisation drive to boost its fight capabilities in view of the evolving safety challenges.

“We have to identify technologies that are feasible to be developed/procured indigenously or in collaboration, considering our indigenous technological base and costs involved in the development,” Gen Naravane stated.

“We need to invest in these technologies alone and work in long term for maturing and fielding of these technologies,” he added.

The Army Chief additionally highlighted the influence of disruptive applied sciences in warfare and emphasised that the present modernisation drive was targeted on upgrading present weapon programs and platforms.

He really helpful that an overarching nationwide mission to determine the wants and congruence of merchandise into army purposes should kind a part of armed forces modernisation technique, the Army stated in a press assertion.

Under the theme of disruptive applied sciences, the seminar deliberated on the appliance of synthetic intelligence, digital actuality, robotics, massive information analytics, quantum computing and cyber warfare within the army sphere in India.

Two weeks in the past, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had introduced a ban on import of 101 army programs and weapons like transport plane, gentle fight helicopters, standard submarines and cruise missiles in a staggered method by 2024 to advertise India’s home defence business.

Following the announcement, the defence ministry has initiated a collection of measures to advertise the home defence business.

The Defence Ministry has set a purpose of a turnover of $25 billion (Rs 1.75 lakh crore) in defence manufacturing within the subsequent 5 years that included an export goal of $5 billion (Rs 35,000 crore) price of army {hardware}. PTI



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