Army highlights lack of indigenous gear for pressure protection- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Vice Chief of Army Staff on Saturday highlighted the ‘lack of indigenous solutions’ in producing cold-weather gear for jawans. 

The Vice Chief of the Amy Staff Lt Gen SK Saini was talking at Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS) organised a webinar on the topic “Force Protection India 2020”.

Lt Gen SK Saini stated, “Special Clothing and Mountaineering Equipment is one other facet which must be highlighted. Numerous our troops are deployed in Super High Altitude Areas the place the temperature touches – 50 Degrees Celsius. However, we’re nonetheless importing cold-weather gear, primarily as a result of lack of viable indigenous options. A collaborative effort must be put on this discipline to fulfil our imaginative and prescient of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.

The goal of the Webinar was to get the Defence Forces, Indian Industry, Scientists and Entrepreneurs onto a typical platform with a purpose to perceive the necessities of the Defence Forces for Force Protection and assist discover options to it.

He stated Force Protection merely means safety of all navy property starting from the bodily safety of a soldier to safety of vital and delicate navy property and infrastructure towards wide-ranging threats. “Use of helmets, physique armour and fortifications are all testimony to this reality.”

The VCOAS reiterated that the character of warfare is present process a speedy change. The lethality and depth powered by the most recent applied sciences, the blurring of traces between buddies and foes, combatants and civilians – makes it crucial for militaries to adapt to safeguard themselves and achieve operations. Force Protection, due to this fact, must be addressed with a recent strategy.

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The personnel safety stays the first component of Force Protection, Saini stated, “The Indian Army has developed significantly when it comes to fashionable arms, ammunition, safety, kitting and clothes. However, there may be nonetheless a lot scope for innovation. There is a requirement to deal with night-vision goggles, fight helmets, bulletproof jackets, mild transportable communication units and lots of extra”.

“Therefore, we must look beyond the mundane and actually work on fully networked bodies of troops carrying out operations in all types of weather and all-terrain”. “Though the trade has stepped as much as the problem, the options supplied, nonetheless, lack innovation and integration. The effort on this discipline have to be to make sure a discount in manpower dedication by integrating bodily and digital surveillance and incorporating automation and innovation in Perimeter Fencing, Intrusion Detection Systems and so on”.

Improvised Explosive Devices are gaining traction as a favoured device for Terrorists and Anti National Elements. “A mix of robotics, synthetic intelligence and Big Data Analysis might present a doable reply”.

“Amongst other threats, drones and UAVs stand out in their innovative employment and destructive potential. Considering their low cost, multi-use and dense proliferation, the threat will no doubt increase manifold in the years to come. In this context, third dimension threats may take precedence in the near future, for which we need to plan now. Both hard kill and soft kill counter-drone solutions including swarm technology are the need of the hour”.

Our deployment footprint extends throughout the size and breadth of the nation and throughout various terrains. The sheer magnitude of our necessities presents a golden alternative to the trade, scientists and entrepreneurs”.

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