Dr Subhash Bhamre , Raksha Rajya Mantri, stressed the need to evolve ‘indianised’ technological solutions in line with the Prime Minister’s ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives. He was inaugurating the DEFCOM India 2017 conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) today.
The Minister complimented Corps of Signals for its yeoman service to the nation and for the astute understanding of the transformation required to realize a ‘Digital Army’ for modern battlefield. He also called for a separate category of fast track procurement for ICT equipment due to fasty technological obsolescence.
General Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, ADC, Chief of Army Staff, highlighted need for indigenisation in ICT through innovation and focused development in key technologies. He called for ‘Indian Solutions’ to modernization of Armed Forces for promotion of self-reliance.
Lieutenant General Ashish Ranjan Prasad , AVSM, VSM, ADC, Signal Officer-in-Chief and senior colonel commandment, Corps of Signals, stated that infrastructure of operational communications systems requires collaboration of Armed Forces, Indian Industry, Academia and R&D Organisations.
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, lauded the Government and Indian Army for reaching out to Indian industry through road shows and interactions across the country. He requested the Ministry to consider fast tracking of decision on “Strategic Partner”; strengthening the Offset implementation team at the MoD and removing bottlenecks in discharging offsets; and greater participation of SMEs in defence programmes by making required changes in the procurement procedures. He also highlighted the need to translate the these policy initiatives into concrete business proposals by expediting the acquisition process and awarding contracts to Industry which in turn will further boost manufacturing and further investments in technology or capacity.
DEFCOM Journal, a compendium of technical articles from industry, academia and Services personnel was released at the DEFCOM 2017.
During the two days, DEFCOM 2017 will have technical sessions on ‘Trends for India’s Digital Army – An Operational Perspective’, ‘Global Trends in Communications – A Technology Perspective’; ‘Satellite and Space Applications and Trends in Enhancement of Operation Security’ and ‘Skilling Human Capital and Re-orienting Organisational structures for Contemporary Battlefied Domain’.
DEFCOM 2017 is focusing on ‘Digital Army’ including Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4I2SR) structure at Tri-Services and national levels. This will be a major leap in enabling augmentation of operational capabilities of Indian Army at strategic as well as operational and tactical levels.
23 March 2017