Self-reliance key to deal with future security challenges: Army chief

Gen Pande made the remarks at the fourth Gen K Sundarji memorial lecture.
Gen Manoj Pande
Gen Manoj Pande

New Delhi: Warfare has transcended into new domains, such as space, cyber, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems, and India must develop indigenous capabilities to deal with future security challenges, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande said on Tuesday.

The Army chief especially underlined the importance of “technology infusion” and “self-reliance” in the armed forces, saying both are distinct yet interconnected.

Gen Pande said India must develop its indigenous military capabilities as no country will share the latest, advanced and critical technology with it.

“Warfare has transcended into new domains, such as space, cyber, electromagnetic spectrum and information. Consequent to these developments, conventional force ratios, which was the measure of military strength and superiority in the past, stand blunted today,” he said.

Gen Pande made the remarks at the fourth Gen K Sundarji memorial lecture.

He highlighted the need for embracing technology in order to maintain a competitive edge on the battlefield.

“The imperative of technology infusion into warfighting systems and to keep pace with technological progression, remains enduring to this day,” he said.

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