Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat confers prestigious Army Design Bureau Excellence Award to Major Anoop Mishra for developing Sarvatra Bullet Proof Jacket that can provide protection from sniper steel bullets.
ARMY TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR Technologies for Non – Contact Warfare
National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 23 December 2019
Army Design Bureau (ADB), Indian Army jointly with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) organized the Army Technology Seminar (ARTECH) with the theme ‘Technologies for Non – Contact Warfare’ on 23 December 2019 at Manekshaw Centre, Swarna Jayanthi Marg, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi.
Gen Bipin Rawat PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff in his keynote address stated that “necessity is no longer the mother of invention; it is innovations and inventions that are driving our concepts. The Indian Army will always remain at the forefront of technological embrace”. He apprised the audience that through the Compendium of Problem Statements released by the Indian Army, the Industry has helped in overcoming many problems through its technical insight. He assured the Industry that the Indian Army is doing its part by infusing funds to the Technology Development Fund (TDF) through the ADB and went on to comment that future wars will be won with Indian solutions.
Jayant D Patil, President, SIDM complimented the Indian Army for initiating the first Services-Industry Interaction, back in 1995. He remarked that today, the systems in place are more interactive than they were in the past. He stressed on the need for the Government to incentivize R&D in Defence for the private industry as it is only the Government which can fuel technology advancement.
Prof K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, lauded the ADB for defining the Army’s requirement by way of Compendium of Problem Statements. He urged the Indian Army to take a leap and also spell out its speculative needs for the Industry to capitalize. He dwelt that there is a need for deeper collaboration between all stakeholders in the system to have an effective integrated structure between academia, Industry and the forces.
Lt Gen SS Hasabnis, PVSM, VSM, ADC, Deputy Chief of Army Staff, in his inaugural address, highlighted that ARTECH has provided a platform for insights and perspectives for future warfare technologies; he mentioned that through the previous volumes of ADB’s problem statements, the industry has provided 136 solutions out of the 150 problems. He also added that the ADB has interacted with 1500 industries and 200 startups to understand their capabilities.
Former IT Secretary, Aruna Sundararajan, speaking at the Plenary session, stressed upon not just emulating best practices but taking the lead on such practices. She held that ARTECH was not just an event, but a key milestone in creating a robust security architecture in the country.
The Compendium of Problem Statements/Innovations was released by Gen Bipin Rawat, COAS, during the plenary session. The Compendium illustrates Indian Army’s problem statements that the Industry can provide solutions to. The COAS felicitated the Innovators/Achievers from industry, academia and the services with the ‘ADB Awards of Excellence’.
An exhibition, inaugurated by the COAS, showcasing industry capabilities and Service innovations was also held alongside the seminar.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.