Indian Army aims to increase latest weapon systems in its inventory by 2030: Gen Pande



NEW DELHI, Apr 23: Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande on Tuesday said that the Indian army is aiming to increase the ratio of the latest weapon systems in its inventory by 2030 and reduce the share of the vintage systems.
General Pande, while addressing AIMA's National Leadership Conclave said, "Immediate replacement of the vintage systems is neither feasible nor desirable, and we will space out upgrades."
He pointed out that today Indian army's ammunition inventory has 175 variants, of which 134 are made by DRDO and public Sector defence companies, and private companies are being onboarded.
Gen Pande said the Indian army is moving from being a buyer of weapons to becoming a partner of Indian industry in development and production.
The concept of national champions has been adopted to build suppliers with national and global scale, the Army Chief added.
The payoff from the indigenization strategy are visible," he said, stressing that India's defence exports in the 2023-24 reached Rs 21,000 crore, an increase of 30 times over the past five years, and a lot of those exports came from the private sector.
In addition to promoting self-reliance in weapon production, Indian forces are running 120 projects to indigenise development of 45 niche technologies to make Indian forces future ready, according to General Pande.
"We need to speed up the adoption of commercially available technologies," he further said.
Indian Army is observing 2024 as the year of technology absorption with emphasis on indigenously sourcing all that is necessary to fight - not just weapons but also ammunition, spares and maintenance needs, he said.
General Pande stressed that India needs to increase its hard power to support the growth of its economy. Adding that in the current geostrategic landscape, countries are not hesitating to go to war.
"One cannot outsource security," he said referring to the supply disruption during covid and Russia-Ukraine war.
The Army Chief highlighted that the countries that have the latest weapons and technologies will never share those and an importing country will always be a generation behind in war capabilities.
General Manoj Pandea also said that the recent geo-political developments have reaffirmed the relevance of a country’s hard power.
“The current geo-strategic landscape is characterized by Change, taking place at unprecedented scale and speed. Recent geo-political powerplays have displayed, that where National Interests are concerned, countries will not hesitate to go to war. These developments have reaffirmed the relevance of Hard Power,” General Manoj Pande said while addressing participants at addressed participants at the National Leadership Conclave of All India Management Association.
He mentioned that the overall ‘rise’ of a nation can be said to occur when there is a significant and continuous increase in its Comprehensive National Power.
While ‘Economic Power’ is the fountainhead of the growth of the nation, it is the ‘Military Strength’ that lends it the ability to affect the outcomes, necessary to protect and further its multifarious interests, in expanding strategic horizons, he said.
He said that military strength and capabilities are necessary to prevent war to present a Credible Deterrence, also enabling a robust response to threats and winning wars, when required, across the entire spectrum of conflict.
“In our quest to achieve and sustain a ‘Hard Power’ quotient, we need to be alive to the implication of external dependency to meet defence requirements. The impact of supply chain disruptions and weaponization of denial regimes – came to the fore, during the Pandemic and also from the lessons of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. These developments have underscored that the security of the nation, can neither be outsourced nor be dependent on the largesse of others,” he said.
“In the context of capability development, if we are import – dependent for critical technologies on countries that possess them, we must be very clear that we will always remain one technology cycle behind,” he added.
The army chief said that the unprecedented trends in the geo-strategic landscape, the limitless potential of Disruptive Technologies, the transforming character of modern Wars and the profound changes in the socio-economic domain, are the four key drivers of IA’s Transformation efforts.

Share This Story

Comment On This Story


Photo Gallery

BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty