In a recent statement, CDS Anil Chauhan emphasized the Indian Army’s possession of ammunition with an impressive range of 100 kilometers. He clarified that this ammunition isn’t just for training but is intended for operational use.
Gen Chauhan made these remarks during a media interaction at the North Tech Symposium hosted at IIT Jammu. He encouraged attendees to explore the exhibition more closely, revealing that this advanced ammunition could become part of their inventory in the future.
Gen Chauhan also highlighted the successful deployment of anti-drone systems by the Indian armed forces during the G20 Summit. These systems were sourced from operational bases and borders to meet immediate requirements.
Regarding indigenous weapons, Gen Chauhan pointed out the significant progress made in the Atmanirbharta initiative over the past few years. He noted that India is on the path to becoming a major defense equipment producer globally and that the perception of Indian-made weapons not being up to par is changing.
Gen Chauhan stressed the importance of the armed forces actively participating in the self-reliance initiative. He acknowledged that while academia and the defense industry have a financial angle, the Army’s role involves readiness for war, making their involvement crucial for success.
Meanwhile, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, Northern Command chief, shared updates on counter-terrorism efforts. He revealed that security forces had neutralized 46 terrorists so far in the year, with a notable increase in the elimination of foreign terrorists compared to locals.
Dwivedi expressed concern about attempts from across the border to disrupt peace in Jammu and Kashmir. However, he affirmed the commitment of the Indian armed forces to maintain peace in the region.
The symposium itself was described as a platform for addressing operational challenges and acquiring cutting-edge military equipment. Lt Gen M V Suchindra Kumar, Vice Chief of Army Staff, highlighted the importance of the event in the context of challenges like artificial intelligence.
The event showcased state-of-the-art technologies for the defense sector, aligning with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative, which has led to a surge in defense exports. Approximately 180 companies, including 50 start-ups, presented their military equipment with advanced technologies at the IIT campus.
One remarkable exhibit was the “Type-V Heavy Drop System,” designed for airdropping heavy equipment and ammunition in battlefield scenarios. This system, developed by the DRDO and successfully tested by the IAF, is seen as a significant step in promoting indigenous defense manufacturing.
The symposium also featured prominent figures from academia, industry, and the armed forces, emphasizing the collaboration between these sectors in advancing India’s defense capabilities. It was a momentous event that showcased India’s progress in defense technology and self-reliance.