New Delhi: The Indian Army in its quest for modernisation through use of emerging technologies, conducted the Army Technology Seminar ‘ARTECH‘ on the theme ‘Technologies for Non Contact Warfare’ at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantonment today, 23 December.
This event was attended by Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat; Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India Prof K Vijay Raghavan; Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General MM Naravane; President of SIDM, Jayant Patil; along with other dignitaries from the Ministry of Defence, three services, DRDO, leading academic institutions, and industry.
The seminar brought military, academia and industry together on a single platform to provide an in depth perspective on the available and emerging technologies, which could have an impact on war fighting in the non contact domain.
While addressing the seminar, General Rawat highlighted that although the importance of troops and equipment on ground continues to remain, the domain of non-contact warfare is gaining relevance for the future wars and will help us in gaining critical advantage.
General Rawat said the Indian Army has been at the forefront of technology embrace, wherein there is a need to look at the technology temper and build culture of innovations.
He also stressed on the need of dual use technologies for the future. Towards this, Indian Army has endeavoured to be more open towards the industry and has converted stringent military specifications for a number of its equipment into commercial grade specifications, the General said.
Four achievers from varied background were facilitated during the seminar for their exceptional work done in their fields of excellence. On this occasion, the Army General also released the Compendium of Problem Definition Statements.
The seminar provided a platform to selected startups to put forward their research work and achievements. Think tanks from varied fields in industry, academia, subject matter experts, users and policy makers also gave out their views during the seminar.
A display showcasing select military innovations developed by the Army, DRDO, academia and industry was also organised as part of the ARTECH Seminar.