The Indian Army Vice-Chief Lt. Gen. S.K. Saini asked for a collaborative effort was required to convert the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” vision into a reality.
Amidst the Indian Army strengthening itself against its Chinese counterparts on the Eastern Ladakh border, the Vice-Chief of Army Lt. Gen. S.K. Saini on Saturday asked for India to become self reliant and curbing the import of special clothing and mountaineering equipment.
The Army has maintained soldiers in the high altitude and freezing cold regions of the Siachen glacier. They scale to heights of 20,000 feet and was under the control of the Indian army for decades. During the ongoing worrying standoff between the India and China alongside the disputed border in Ladakh, The Army has ordered for warm clothing and shelter to provide the troops well throughout the winter in Ladakh as so far there are clouded signs in talks for disengagement along both sides.
“A large number of our troops are deployed in super high-altitude areas where the temperature touches (minus) 50°C. However, we are still importing cold weather equipment, mainly due to the lack of viable indigenous solutions,” Lt. Gen. Saini said that a collaborative effort was required to convert the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” vision into a reality. Saini spoke at a webinar organised by the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies.
According to inputs from the Hindu, “Lt. Gen. Saini also highlighted the security of defence establishments and vital installations, improvised explosive devices (IED) and drones as major priority areas to find domestic solutions. “Though the industry has stepped up to the challenge, the solutions provided lack innovation and integration,” and called for efforts to ensure reduction in manpower commitment by integrating physical and electronic surveillance and incorporating automation.”
“Amongst other threats, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) stand out in their innovative employment and destructive potential,” Lt. Gen. Saini expressed. He also added: “Considering their low-cost, multi-use and dense proliferation, Both hard kill and soft kill counter-drone solutions, including swarm technology, are the need of the hour.” (Source: TheHindu)
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