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Indian Army chief for indigenization of weapons

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 26, IRNA -- General N C Vij, chief of staff of the 
Indian Army, advocated indigenization of weapons so that "India 
does not have to look over its shoulders when the chips are down." 
According to an IRNA reporter, Gen Vij, while delivering the 
inaugural address at the two-day seminar on `Info-structure for 
Network-Centric Warfare` organized jointly by the Confederation of 
Indian Industries (CII) and the Corps of Signals held at Army 
Headquarters, here on Tuesday said that modern warfare was galloping 
and India could not afford to lag behind. 
If equipment produced domestically is 80-90 percent as good as 
those of developed countries, they would be preferred to those 
produced abroad, he added. 
"It is important to have the requisite resources to rally back in 
times of emergency and not depend on the goodwill and mercy of other 
countries," he remarked. 
The Indian Army chief of staff was confident that with the kind 
of technological base in India, the user and the provider, if both 
work in tandem, would be able to produce world-class, network- 
centric weapons. 
He said that modern-day warfare has undergone a sea of changes 
over the last 50 years. 
The focus is now more on optimization of the use of computers and 
communication networks, but the road ahead for the Indian industry is 
not easy, he added. 
However, he was of the firm view that with the kind of 
technological capabilities India has at its disposal, it will be 
able to reach the desired standards. 
In his address, Ajay Prasad, India`s defense secretary, said that 
new military doctrines which are in place will have to be met with 
new technology doctrines. 
He said that India must develop new war-fighting capabilities, 
and stressed the need to develop indigenous security algorithms. 
However, Prasad said that network-centric warfare requires 
a certain amount of investment and that it was important that more 
investment was pumped into the development of network-centric 
warfares. 
The defense secretary stressed on increased digitization, 
data protocol and indigenization of new systems. 
Allaying industry concerns, the defense secretary said that the 
much sought after offset policy is in the process of formalization, 
and assured the industry that the ministry was keen to formulate and 
address issues raised by the industry. 
Talking on the IBSA initiative of India, Brazil and South 
Africa, he said that the three countries have identified each other`s 
strengths which now have to be synergized for their mutual benefit. 
He said the recent IBSA initiative will boost private investment. 
In his keynote address, Lt Gen Davinder Kumar, signal officer-in- 
charge of Army Headquarters, said that if India were to be ready for 
network-centric warfare, certain issues need to be addressed. 
He said issues pertaining to national information security 
including threat perception, critical minimum infrastructure, legal 
procedures, awareness, training and research need to be addressed. 
Lt Gen Kumar said that if India was to move on from a developing 
country to a developed one, there was a need to take some major 
strategic initiatives. 
He said industry should collaborate in the areas of cryptology, 
chip technology, Indian operating systems, global positioning 
system (GPS), cyber warfare and technologies on info assurance to 
protect networks and data bases. 
He further said that in the scenario of network-centric warfare, 
it is essential that all the facets of networking synergize 
seamlessly, and he said this is an area where the industry can 
contribute and be an effective partner in the conception, design and 
development of the components of networking. 
He said that in order to make network-centric warfare a reality 
in India, a technical coordination authority at the national level 
would probably have to be established. 
The body could comprise members from the defense forces that will 
recommend and oversee both the development of info-structure related 
technologies in the country and their functioning in a synergized 
manner, he added. 
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