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Time To Step Up Defence Innovation & Modernization; Services Must Be The Primary Driving Force Behind All Defence R&D

Modernization is an inescapable and inexorable need of the defence forces in India. The thrust on technology and innovation is an imperative for both the establishment and industry. Instead of adopting a lead role in technological innovation in drone and anti- drone capability by virtue of the available expertise in IT, the country scrambled to hastily acquire even basic equipment. In the face of each crisis, the Armed Forces end up looking far and beyond and yet again initiate a complex cycle of procurement with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), mostly foreign. What is the way out then? The Indian Armed Forces must step into the role of the soldiers- scientist, taking ownership of the weaponry and technology that they depend on, to defend our country, writes Manish Kumar Jha.

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AI Technology In Military Will Transform Future Warfare

The incarnation of AI is motivating global powers to prepare themselves to control and maneouvre advanced technologies. Superiority of artificial intelligence is the new paradigm of power in between superpowers. Modern warfare in essence is more complex, on account of an increasing number of micro variables. Change in any one variable could create an exponential impact on battle outcomes – and even on the war itself. What is AI in Military? Authors decode the complexity and the inevitability of AI.

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Govt. Must Consider Reintroduction Of Tax Incentives For R&D In Defence: Jayant D. Patil, L&T

Time-lags have proved a hurdle for defence equipment procurement in India, which is why the private sector L&T Defence’s ahead- of- schedule delivery of 100 of the K9 Vajra to the Indian Army is path-finding. L&T Defence heralds a new chapter in defence production in India, standing out as a leader with next-gen technology that ranges from the potential light tank to next generation submarines under the P75 I. Jayant D.Patil, Whole-time Director and Sr. Executive VP (Defence & Smart Technologies) - L&T, is a key force behind these game-changing initiatives and unprecedented transformation that the Indian defence industry is witnessing. In a free-wheeling chat with BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha, he addresses wide-ranging topics on technological innovation for the Indian Armed Forces.

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Integrated Theatre Commands Considered A Necessity Since Kargil War And Will Gradually Unfold Over The Years: Indian Army Chief Gen M.M. Naravene

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane speaks exclusively with BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha on the Indian Army’s steady march into the next era. The Indian Army is one of the world’s finest institutions hallmarked by its strength, historical glory and impeccable peace-keeping record. The institution has needed far reaching reforms in the new century in its continuing quest for modernization. Gen Naravane speaks on a range of topics including Integrated Theatre Commands, artillery modernization, the LAC Standoff with China, military equipment and new tech such as anti-drone capability, the OFB, defence industry, the procurement process, J&K and the situation in Afghanistan and his initiative to have an independent human rights cell within IA--its unique and humane nature. Excerpts:

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Not A brick Is Placed In The Contested Areas Along The LAC In Ladakh And Arunachal Pradesh: Army Chief General M. Naravane

Indian Army Chief General Mukund Naravane in an exclusive interaction with the BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha, denied that there was any reinforcement across in the contested part of LAC and at the buffer zone across the border along Arunachal Pradesh. He put his strong worded statement: “Not a brick has been placed in the part of contested areas.”

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Space-tech And Government Policies: Are They Orbiting Well?

To fuel its own efforts, government also dedicated platform named ‘Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre’ (IN-SPACe) to give more freedom under government oversight to private sector innovation in space-tech. The main question is, how are space-tech companies viewing the government intervention?

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Overdrive To Minimise Cost Of Defence, Restructuring Should Not Compromise Operational Effectiveness: Maj Gen Asthana

There is no question that Indian Armed Forces needed that twitch of modernization and restructuring in the times that are changing the dimensions of warfare. The Integrated Theater Commands (ITC) is designed to do so. Some formulations are already up on the ground-- restructuring to address some of these aspects was done, with formulation of HQ Integrated Defence Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command and Strategic Force Command (SFC). But make no haste, says military veteran Major General S B Asthana as speaks with BW Businessworld's Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha on the ITC -- its complexity and the conflict within. It is about the training and equipment that must fulfill the spirit of jointness in building command.

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Tech Firm UdChalo Offers ‘UTAX’, A Digital Solution To File Income Tax Returns For Defence Personnel

Defence Personnel can easily file their ITR now. udChalo which is a leading Consumer Technology Company for Indian Defence Personnel recently introduced ‘UTAX’ to its existing portfolio of Services offered to its Customers. UTaxis the only player operating within the Defence fraternity with an ERI license and is officially authorized to file Income Tax Returns. As a common practice, in the absence of such digital solutions, most of the Armed Forces Personnel file their taxes with the help of their friends or using unauthorized agents who promise huge returns without asking for any valid proof. This also leads to incorrect filings. Besides, It has Outreach Center which is located in places like J&K for the serving Personnel.

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Indian Air Force Undergoing Monumental Transformation, Says IAF Chief

The IAF Chief, who reviewed the parade earlier, also spoke about the crucial role played by IAF in the national fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

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In A Major Policy Thrust Defence Ministry Sets The Second List Of 108 Military Items Under Self-Reliance & Defence Exports

Defence Ministry today notified the 'second List' to boost indigenisation in the Defence sector. Defence Minister approved a proposal of the Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence (MoD) to notify the ‘Second Positive Indigenisation List’ of 108 items. MoD sets the export target of Rs 35,000 crore as Indian defence industry is striving to be part of the global defence value chain and one of the leading countries in the defence sector.

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Govt Should Take SP Model With Private Sector To Logical Completion, Says Mahindra Defence Chairman SP Shukla

From manufacturing armoured vehicles for the Indian military, Mahindra Defence has expanded into surveillance solutions including aircraft mobile surveillance, and modern defence equipment for the armed forces. It is brimming with confidence in the wake of its collaboration with global OEMs like Boeing, Airbus, and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) for multi-role fighter jets and advanced naval helicopters. S.P. Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Defence and Mahindra Aerospace & Group President (Defence, Aero & Agri), Mahindra & Mahindra, talks to BW Businessworld’s Manish Kumar Jha about the the strategic partnership model, the group’s R&D and design capability and the need for investments. Excerpts:

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UK Carrier Strike Group To Sail India To Boost Military Alliances In Indian Ocean

The HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier of the Royal Navy will sail to India. Resulting from the cognition of Indo-Pacific tilt in the UK’s foreign policy, Strike Group will be loaded with destroyers, anti-submarine frigates and notably 5th generation F 35 entering Indian water first time. In the spirit of such maritime exercise, both nations must move ahead jointly on advance military projects beyond announcement. On the flight deck there will be eight F-35B Lightning II fast jets, four Wildcat maritime attack helicopters, seven Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine and airborne early warning helicopters, and three Merlin Mk4 commando helicopters.

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India's First And Crucial Defence Strategic Partnership Mechanism For Submarines Is Ready: Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar

Defence is as about security as crucial it is for the economy and technology. The inherent opportunity and challenges both lie in building capabilities for our industry and so the armed forces. India marks at the threshold of such breakthroughs in defense & aerospace--if the policies set forth rightly and implemented in spirit. India's Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar with his tech background is at the crucial juncture to drive policies within the complexity of defence industrial ecosystem that India must not loose the momentum at any cost. BW Businessworld's Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha interacts with Defence Secretary on such policies issues exclusively. Interaction touches upon: Defence Export, Startups, Offsets, SP Model, MMRCA-2, OFs, NUH and crucial aero engine among others.

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Fusion Fuel Holds The Promise Of Limitless Clean Energy To Power The Planet: Dr Vivek Lall, Chief Executive, General Atomics Global Corp

General Atomics Global Corporation is led by world's leading aerospace scientist Dr. Vivek Lall. General Atomics is the global powerhouse of unmanned systems and pioneering firm in nuclear energy and space technology. Indian Navy has inducted two Sea Guardian drones on lease from GA and scouting for more for critical maritime ISR capabilities in the Indian Ocean Region. But GA's groundbreaking energy innovation in magnetic fusion research is vital scientific discovery as Fusion Fuel holds the promise of Limitless clean energy to power the Planet for millennia which could supplement existing renewables. In an exclusive interaction, Dr. Lall, Chief Executive speaks with BW Businessworld's Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha on such critical technologies in civil nuclear, defence and space.

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Removal Of Offset Out Of Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 Is Beneficial: SAAB's MD Ola Rignell

Swedish PM Stefan during the recent Summit with PM Modi imparted a new thrust in Indo - Swedish relations. Defence and Security remain the key docket where Swedish defence OEM SAAB renewed its commitment to India of laying production ecosystem of its flag horse Gripen E for the lucrative MRFA 114 fighter jets program. Besides, SAAB is focusing on critical navel systems like G1X family of latest radars, AUV 62 autonomous underwater vehicle and ship design with stealth signature management. BW Businessworld’s Defence Editor Manish Kumar Jha speaks with Ola Rignell, Managing Director, SAAB INDIA on such projects and collaboration.

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