Embracing the Future: The Indian Army’s Journey in 2024

Embracing the Future: The Indian Army’s Journey in 2024

In a dynamic world where technology reigns supreme, the Indian army is gearing up for a transformative year ahead. With the declaration of 2024 as the “Year of Technology Absorption,” the army is poised to embrace innovation and modernization like never before. This strategic shift marks a significant milestone in the army’s evolution, signalling a departure from traditional approaches towards a future-focused mindset.

At the forefront of this evolution is the mantra of “Indianise to Modernise,” encapsulating the army’s commitment to leveraging indigenous technology solutions. General Manoj Pande, Chief of army staff, emphasized the importance of technology as a catalyst for transformative change during the annual press conference. He outlined five key areas that will shape the army’s technological roadmap, including the adoption of drones and counter-drone systems across infantry, artillery, and armoured battalions.

A notable initiative in this regard is the establishment of Command Cyber Operations Support Wings (CCOSWs), specialized units designed to augment the Army’s cyber capabilities. General Pande elaborated on the structure and functions of CCOSWs, highlighting their critical role in ensuring cyber resilience and readiness.

In addition to strategic initiatives, the army is actively pursuing technological acquisitions to bolster its operational capabilities. The induction of Secure Army Mobile Bharat Version (SAMBHAV) handsets underscores the army’s commitment to cutting-edge communication solutions. Developed in collaboration with national centres of excellence and industry partners, these handsets offer multi-layered encryption and 5G compatibility, catering to the needs of officials handling sensitive assignments.

Furthermore, the army’s focus on infrastructure development is evident in its efforts to enhance connectivity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and improve forward bases’ facilities. From 4G connectivity to underground storage facilities, these initiatives aim to strengthen the army’s operational preparedness in diverse terrain and conditions.

Beyond technology and infrastructure, the Army is investing in human capital through initiatives like the Territorial Army. The commissioning of Mandarin linguists and cyber experts reflects the army’s commitment to nurturing specialized skill sets that are vital for contemporary security challenges.

As we embark on the “Year of Technology Absorption,” the Indian Army stands at the cusp of transformation, embracing innovation, leveraging indigenous capabilities, and nurturing human talent. The army is laying the groundwork for a modern and resilient force capable of meeting the demands of the 21st century.

Learn more about the latest technologies used in defence location intelligence, Cyber warfare, and strategies to protect critical infrastructure, at India’s leading defence intelligence forum the Indo-Pacific Geointelligence Summit 2024. Where you can find the latest technologies in defence, public safety, law enforcement and military operations at display at the exhibition section of India’s leading defence geospatial summit.

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