Security of Nation Can Neither Be Outsourced nor Be Dependent on Largesse of Others: Army Chief Gen Pande

No country is ready to share the latest, “state-of-the-art” technologies, Army Chief General Manoj Pandey said on Wednesday, implying that the nation’s security can neither be outsourced nor depend on anyone’s generosity. can be done. Others highlight the implications of asymmetric warfare and digital resilience.

He was speaking at the Foundation Day function of the Army Institute technology In Pune city of Maharashtra.

“The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict has brought to the fore some key facts such as the impact of asymmetric warfare, information warfare capabilities, digital resilience, weaponisation of economic systems, communication redundancy, space-based systems and many more, all driven by technology prowess from possession,” he said.

Therefore, today’s security is based on technological edge over the adversary, Gen Pandey said.

“No country is willing to share the latest, cutting-edge technologies, so it implies that the nation’s security can neither be outsourced nor depend on the generosity of others. Self-reliance in critical technologies And investment in research and development is a strategic imperative that can no longer be ignored,” he added.

Gen Pandey, an alumnus of the National Defense Academy in the city, said the Indian Army is aware of these realities.

“We have resolved to ensure that the development of our capabilities is based on the principles of self-reliance and leveraging specialized technologies and the Indian Army is taking concrete steps on both these aspects,” he said.

He said that the capacity development efforts are progressing on the building blocks of commitment towards the vision of “Atmanirbharta” (self-reliance). “Indian industry has responded to the need of the hour, within a short span of time, an entire ecosystem of start-ups supporting the defense industry, driven by young, creative professionals, has come up in the country. This is a very reassuring development, through which the vision of ‘self-reliance’ is being realised.

Elaborating on specific technologies, the General said that they have created a center of excellence to harness the potential of artificial intelligence, data analytics, 5G and automation.

He also said that in-house development of software with AI engines has begun to be incorporated into “our battlefield sensors”.

“AI-based tools for satellite imagery are part of our core activities. We’re building gigabit networks for spectrum and pushing high-throughput systems into frontier areas through high-capacity and software-defined radio. Innovation for Defense Excellence (IDEX) projects are being pursued to leverage the competencies of start-ups, individual innovators, MSMEs, R&D institutions and academia.

He said the major projects under IDEX include quantum key distribution, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), drones, counter-drones and AI systems. Blockchain technology is being explored for efficient supply chain management, he said.

“These are some of the ways in our roadmap to shape the Indian Army into a future-ready, technologically driven, lethal and agile force, capable of effectively meeting the challenges of the future,” he added.

Pandey said that technology infusion and modernization in the country’s combat system would be a permanent endeavour. “Therefore, avenues in a large number of technical domains are wide open for young bright minds like you and be a stakeholder in the capability development architecture of the Indian Army,” Pandey said while addressing the students at the College of Engineering.

The slogan given by the Prime Minister was “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan”. Narendra Modi The Army Chief said that it captures the contemporary reality well and underlines the importance of research and innovation.

In his address at the event, industrialist Baba Kalyani expressed his admiration for the Indian Armed Forces and said that the Indian defense industry has turned from an importer to an exporter of advanced weapon systems.

Kalyani claimed India Will lead on the global stage for the next decade “due to its five core strengths – economy, structural reforms, technology-enabled manufacturing growth, ‘India First’ diplomacy, and ‘Being Young'”.

The industrialist said he is confident that India will become a $33 trillion economy by 2047.

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