Emergency procurement powers help Army modernize itself: Army Chief General Manoj Pandey

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Army Chief General Manoj Pandey on Wednesday said the emergency procurement powers granted by the government have helped the force modernize itself.

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General Manoj Pandey was addressing a seminar on the theme “Year of Technology Absorption – Empowering the Soldiers” organized by the Center for Land Warfare Studies at the Manekshaw Centre.

“The emergency procurement powers given by the government in four phases have helped us modernize ourselves with contracts worth Rs 18,000 crore signed under it. These equipment are now being used on the border,” General Manoj Pandey said at a seminar organized by the Center for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) here.

He said that given the impact of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Cyber, Big Data Analytics and Electronic Warfare, the importance of the cognitive domain in reorganizing and reorganizing the force is increasing manifold.

“Given the impact of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Cyber, Big Data Analytics and Electronic Warfare, the importance of the cognitive domain is increasing manifold,” he said.

The Army chief said that towards improving mobility and security, the procurement includes Light Strike Vehicles, Light Specialist Vehicles and Bullet Proof Jackets.

“Towards improving mobility and security, the procurement includes Light Strike Vehicles, Light Specialist Vehicles and Bullet Proof Jackets. “Battlefield situational awareness is being enhanced through border surveillance systems and nano drones,” he said.

“We have swarm drones, loiter munitions and new artillery platforms like 155 mm MGS, TGS, K9 Vajra and ATAGS for target acquisition and precise fire. “The new generation munitions include 155 mm terminally guided munitions and canister launched munitions.”

He said the Indian Army's indigenous procurement includes light vehicles and bulk proof jackets.

“Night fighting capability of Indian soldiers is being enhanced through night vision equipment and communication systems are also being improved,” he said.

Earlier on April 23, General Pandey had delivered the keynote address at the 9th National Leadership Conclave of AIMA on the theme 'Hard Power – Modernization of Forces through Self-Reliance'. The COAS highlighted the ongoing transformational initiatives in the Indian Army to build a self-reliant, technology-enabled and future-ready force that will contribute to realizing the aspirations, goals and objectives of emerging India.



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