Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, on January 8, launched compendiums of problem statements and solutions for the previously released compendium at the second edition of Army Technology Seminar which was jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry(CII), Army Design Bureau (ADB) and newly formed Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM). The theme of the seminar was 'Technology as a Key Enabler to Overcome Challenges of Military Operations in High Altitude'.
On March 24, last year, Army released the 'Compendium of Problem Statements Vol II', which was prepared by Army Design Bureau (ADB) after detailed interaction with all stake holders including soldiers deployed in field.
In his key note address, Gen. Rawat highlighted the current and long term needs of technology and equipment for the Indian Army. He reiterated the need for India to fight wars with Indian solutions. He also appreciated the enthusiasm and interest shown by Indian industry in working with ADB to find solution to the problems being faced by army in operational area.
Speaking at the event, Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha (Retd) Director General, SIDM, appraised the gathering about the recent achievements of Army-Industry interactions and how some of the projects like light material for bullet proof, flares and chaff and auxiliary power units etc. are up for acceptance. He also suggested that Army should look towards creating technology leader cadre for better in-house understanding of technology.
The seminar was attended by serving officers of the Indian Army, defence scientists, representatives of industry and academia. On the sidelines of the seminar, an exhibition was organized to display the solutions that have emerged out of response to the previously released compendium of problems.
The first volume, with 50 problem statements released on December 5, 2016, and 28 new problem made into the volume II to enable industry and academia to understand the 'Felt Needs' and come up with indigenous solutions incorporating the latest technology trends for India's military power.