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Modernising defence forces key to sustaining Indias global economic prowess: Pallam Raju

Modernising the countrys defence forces is the key to sustaining Indias global economic prowess, said Minister of State for Defence, M. Pallam Raju, on Thursday.

New Delhi, May 10 : Modernising the country's defence forces is the key to sustaining India's global economic prowess, said Minister of State for Defence, M. Pallam Raju, on Thursday.

Addressing the three-day Defence Communication Seminar (DEFCOM), 2007, Pallam Raju said: "It is imperative that the armed forces, the industry, the academia and the research and development establishments synergise their efforts and work in close coordination with each other so that we make ourselves (the armed forces and the country) strong and self-reliant".

He further went on to say that warfare over the last two decades had undergone a significant change due to revolution in military affairs, including digitisation of the battlefield, which in turn has led to battlefield transparency across the command structure.

He added that communication technology and the data networks are the key enablers of Network Centric Warfare and the 'Network Centricity' of the entire complement of war fighting elements makes the security, reliability and availability of communications, a major focus area in the digitised battlefield.

Raju mentioned that major advances in Information Communication Technology (ICT) are being driven primarily by the demands of the commercial sector. He also added that experience in the recent conflicts has highlighted the need for exploitation of the commercial technologies for Defence communication networks and their use on the battlefield.

Vice-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Deepak Kapoor, said the development in civil areas was faster than in defence areas, and added that the focus is shifting from a platform centric to a network centric battlefield. he information grid should be an enabler of providing edge at the battlefield for soldiers and generals. The network centric warfare will integrate entire spectrum of strategy making, taking decisions and implementing them at the battle-ground, added Lt. Gen. Kapoor.

He also said that the three defence services need to be coordinated and should work in cohesion as choice of suitable communication technology is very important for the entire defence network.

Talking on participation of the industry, he said that Indian Army has initiated number of programs to have a digitised battlefield and Indian industry has to come forward to join hands with the armed forces to deal with future war situations.

The battlefield has shifted to the war of information, said Lt. Gen S P Sree Kumar, AVSM, Signal Officer in Chief, Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army). ICT has become important as Indian Defence is focusing on becoming networked by 2009 and completely network-centric by 2012, he added. onverged network, EMC and EMI have become important aspects of the modern day battlefield and Armed Forces are looking at next generation network as robust, secured and reliable, mentioned Lt. Gen Sreekumar.

Lt. Gen. Sreekumar said that Indian Army cannot compromise in the strategy of secrecy in end to end terminals and network should provide interoperability. He said that a strategy should be devised for spectrum management with huge demand of space due to increase in flow of communication and mobile services.

"The need for joint operations by the three services can only be achieved by having a secure Defence Services Network to enable communications between the important entities of the three services," he said.

Atul Kirloskar, Chairman, CII National Committee on Defence and Chairman and Managing Director, Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, said that Indian Defence should create policies to open up opportunities for Indian companies and therefore contributing to the Indian economy.

He assured the Indian Defence and the representatives from the industry that CII will share its responsibility in building modern Indian Defence and proposed that Ministry of Defence should enable industry to participate in R and D of Defence requirements and introduce a paper on 15 year Long Term Capability Program. He also added that DRDO should be considered as research partner for the industry.

The Indian industry has matured over last few years and has attained global recognition, said Ashok Kanodia, Chairman, CII Defence Sub Committee on IT and Communication and Managing Director, Precision Electronics Limited.

Indian business is expected to receive 18 billion dollars of investment in the next five years and Indian Defence can take advantage of the growing economy in developing relationship with the industry, said Kanodia.

The seminar, which is on from May 10 to 12, being attended by large number of officials from the Armed Forces, Government and representatives from the industry. An exhibition on communication devices and solutions for the Indian Armed Forces is also a part of the event.

The focus of the seminar-cum-exhibition will be on 'Strategies for Future Defence Networks and Relevance of Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) / Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) in Future Battlefields'.

The Confederation of Indian Industry, the Corps of Signals and the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army) has organised the event.

ANI

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