SP's Land Forces - Issue 4 - 2021

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Issue Features

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    Indian Artillery — An Appraisal
    By Lt General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    This is to reappraise the role of Artillery Division given the ongoing transformation of the combat forces from Divisions to Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs), the changing nature of threat from across the borders, defence of Island territories and theaterisation.

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    New Age Artillery
    By Major General Atanu K. Pattanaik

    ‘Ultima Ratio Regum’ meaning ‘The Final Argument of Kings’. Louis XIV of France had this phrase engraved on his army’s cannons.

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    Indian Artillery Modernisation
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan (FARP) aims to replace the weapons of 169 artillery regiments with modern weapon systems procuring 3,000 to 3,600 pieces of artillery at a cost of $3 billion

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    All Terrain Multi-Mission Radar Systems

    Extreme terain operations, including alpine warfare, pose special challenges. In addition to the perils of battle, troops must also contend with punishing weather and geography.

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    Developments in Artillery
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In the NCW environment, artillery is required to shape the battlefield, degrade the enemy’s war-waging capability, destroy enemy’s field defences, communication sites and logistics echelons, thereby paralysing the enemy to accomplishing own mission.

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    HENSOLDT’s Multi-functional Self-protection System (MUSS)

    Protecting Armoured Vehicle while maintaining manoeuvrability with no collateral damages, MUSS APS System is an optimal solution for military platforms. Andleeb Shadman, Managing Director, Hensoldt talks to SP’s Land Forces on how MUSS APS is a uniquely different system and ideally suited for India.

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    Atmanirbhar Bharat: Make-in-India for Thundering Artillery

    Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been a partner to the DRDO and the Indian Armed Forces for over three decades. L&T is the Indian artillery’s biggest private-sector partner for equipment supply.

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    Closing Ceremony Indo-Kazakhstan Joint Training Exercise KAZIND–21

    The 5th edition of Indo-Kazakhstan Joint Training Exercise, Exercise KAZIND-21 culminated on September 10, 2021 at Training Node Aisha Bibi, Kazakhstan after 12 days of mutual learning.


    Lt General Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, assumed the appointment of the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (DCOAS) (Strategy) on July 1, 2021.
    Lt General S.P. Goswami took over as Director General Army Air Defence (DGAAD) on July 1, 2021.
    Lt General Tarun Kumar Chawla, assumed the appointment of the Director General of Artillery on August 1, 2021.

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    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    The Gunners celebrate their raising day on September 28 & thus this issue of SP’s Land Forces is dedicated to the Regiment of Artillery of Indian Army. SP Guide Publications wishes the Army Very Best on the occasion of its Regiment of Artillery’s 195th raising day.