Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday handed over locally developed equipment and systems to the Indian Army, including Future Infantry Soldier As System (F-INSAS), Next Generation Anti-Personnel Mine “Nipun “, a robust and automatic communication system with improved capabilities, improved aiming system for tanks and advanced thermal imagers.
High-mobility infantry protected vehicles and state-of-the-art assault boats, allowing troops deployed along borders to respond to any challenge appropriately, were also handed over virtually.
The equipment/systems have been jointly developed by the Indian Army in collaboration with the public defense sector companies, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and industry in line with the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to modernize the armed forces, under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’.
Singh expressed his confidence that the equipment and systems will improve Indian Army’s operational readiness and increase its efficiency.
“It is a shining example of the country’s growing prowess in self-reliance, in partnership with the private sector and other institutions,” he said.
The equipment and systems handed over to the Indian Army are:
Future Infantry Soldier as a System
Future Infantry Soldier is equipped with three main subsystems. The first subsystem is the modern, state-of-the-art assault rifle, along with day and night holographic and reflex sights. Sights are mounted on the weapon and also on the helmet to allow 360 degree visibility and accuracy under operational conditions. In addition to the main weapon system, soldiers will also be equipped with a multi-mode hand grenade which has also been purchased locally along with a utility knife.
The second subsystem is the protection system. This provides protection through a specially designed helmet and bulletproof vest. The third subsystem consists of a communication and monitoring system. This F-INSAS system is capable of further scaling by incorporating real-time data connectivity.
‘Nipun’ anti-personnel mine
The Indian Army has been using vintage NMM 14 mines for a long time. Through the efforts of the Armament Research and Development Establishment, Pune and Indian industry, a new Indian mine named “Nipun” has been developed. It will strengthen the protection offered to troops at the borders. The mine is more powerful and effective than the existing anti-personnel mine.
Handheld thermal imager (uncooled)
This equipment is intended for surveillance and detection. It gives visibility day and night and in adverse weather conditions to soldiers to detect enemy movement and activity.
Commander Thermal Imaging Sight for T-90 Tank
This equipment gives increased visibility and range to commanders of armored columns. Previously, T-90 tanks had image intensification systems that had their own limitations and constraints. The limitations were overcome through the use of a thermal imaging sight produced by India Optel Limited.
Downlink equipment with recording facility
This downlink equipment helps helicopters perform constant reconnaissance and surveillance of borders and operational areas. During missions, observed reconnaissance data is stored in the system and is only accessible when the helicopter returns to base. The equipment, produced locally by M/s Exicom Private Limited, is installed on the Advanced Light Helicopter.
Mk-II Semi-Reinforced Auto Swap System
The Indian Army had exchanges that provided online communications to operationally deployed units. However, there were limits in terms of the number of subscribers and the amount of data that could be released. Also, the equipment could not work with the latest internet protocol technology. A new system has been developed by Bharat Electronics Limited, Kotdwar, which overcomes all the shortcomings of the old system.
Improved radio relay (frequency hopping)
In the difficult forward areas, where no line or other form of communication is available, the Indian Army has to expand its communication system. With this radio relay system, forward troops are able to use their communications equipment and radio sets at much longer distances and at greater depths than before. It is an advanced system with frequency hopping technology and super high capacity. It was developed by Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru.
Photovoltaic solar energy project
One of the most difficult terrain and operational sectors in the country is the Siachen Glacier. The entire power requirement in the area to operate various equipment was met only by power from a captive generator. A photovoltaic solar power plant has been installed to improve overall energy needs and also avoid dependence on fossil fuels. This factory in Partapur was virtually dedicated to the Nation by the Raksha Mantri.
Landing Craft Assault (LCA)
There are boats operating in Pangong Tso Lake, however, they have limited capacities. The LCA is much more versatile and has overcome launch, speed and capacity limitations. It has improved the ability to operate through water obstacles in eastern Ladakh. LCA was locally developed by M/s Aquarius Ship Yard Limited, Goa.
Mini Remotely Piloted Aerial System (RPAS)
RPAS removes the operational limitations faced by Indian Air Force aircraft and Heron unmanned aerial vehicles at the tactical level. It empowers the Indian Army by removing the restricted capability of surveillance, detection and reconnaissance at the level of infantry battalion and mechanized units.
Infantry Protected Mobility Vehicle (IPMV)
The IPMV provides increased mobility and protection to a large number of infantry soldiers stationed on the northern borders. It was manufactured by M/s Tata Advance Systems Limited.
Rapid Reaction Combat Vehicle (Medium)
The second vehicle along with the Infantry Mobility Protected Vehicle for increased mobility of our troops in Eastern Ladakh is the Rapid Reaction Combat Vehicle (Medium). It facilitates the rapid deployment of troops and will allow a much faster reaction. The vehicles were purchased from Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. They are tailor-made vehicles with high mobility, improved firepower and protection. This will facilitate the creation of a moral ascendancy in our northern borders.
The Minister of Defense also unveiled the Accommodation Scales (SoA) 2022, which authorize the construction of facilities for operational, functional, training, administrative, living and leisure purposes for the Defense Services. SoA 2022 is in line with government policies and vision like Swachh Bharat, Sugamya Bharat, Digital India, Green Buildings, Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy, Reduction of Carbon Footprint Promotion of Yoga & Fit India, etc.
Singh has also launched a series of e-governance applications to drive transparency, boost efficiency and unleash latent productivity in Military Engineer Services (MES). These include those on budget management, product approval, contracts, job review and status, and an electronic cash book.
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt, Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, Chief of Navy Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of Air Staff , Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Defense Staff Integrated to the President, Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Marshal BR Krishna, Secretary of the R&D Department of the Defense Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Chief Engineer Lt Gen Harpal Singh and other senior civilian and military Ministry of Defense officials were also present on the occasion.
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