India’s aspiration to develop into a regional energy cannot depend on borrowed energy and the nation’s wars need to be received with indigenous tools and know-how, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat mentioned on Friday.
Addressing an occasion held by the Institution Of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, he mentioned the segregated nature of the defence industrial business ecosystem in India restricts its capability to fabricate defence tools.
“We cannot be import-dependent if we have to fight and win future wars. Indigenisation, therefore, is the way forward and we in the armed forces are fully committed to it,” Rawat mentioned.
“Our nation’s aspiration of becoming a regional power cannot rely on borrowed strength… India’s wars have to be won with Indian solutions,” he mentioned.
The pervasiveness of knowledge and the tempo of technological change is reworking the very character of warfare and offering progressive methods of warfare that may be non-contact (no bodily contact) specifically, the Chief of Defence Staff mentioned.
“It includes information operations, stealing of intellectual property rights, economic inducements — all backed up by propaganda in the time of fake news to justify their actions,” he added.
“The air defence capabilities of our armed forces are at the cusp of modernisation with acquisition of Rafales, S-400, ballistic missile defence system, Akash weapon system and progressive replacement of the legacy air defence systems that we have in our inventory today,” Rawat famous.
However, maintaining in thoughts the macro-economic parameters and socio-economic necessities of India, one of the best options need to be discovered by means of acquisitions and optimisation or up-gradation of legacy programs and thru indigenous manufacturing, he mentioned.
“We will be able to use our economics or the budgetary allocations made to the armed forces in a better way if we develop our systems indigenously,” the Chief of Defence Staff talked about.
The pursuit of disruptive applied sciences akin to synthetic intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, massive knowledge evaluation, drones, autonomous unmanned programs, militarisation of area, cyber warfare, quantum communications together with the manipulation of social media are all resulting in new threats additional complicating the safety surroundings right now, Rawat mentioned.
Enabling applied sciences akin to synthetic intelligence and quantum computing are getting used to provide subtle autonomous weapons that may speed up the tempo of fight, he talked about.
“While these technologies keep shaping the contours of the threat, they also provide with us an opportunity to acquire new military capabilities to our strategic advantage.”
Rawat mentioned the army worth of the ballistic missiles will enhance over the following decade with the manufacturing of hypersonic gliders and various warheads which can be able to breaking into more and more highly effective missile defence programs.
The armed forces have to be ready for a future battle with this modified character of warfare, he added.
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