April 18, 2021
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Need for night vision devices

The Indian Army is currently caught in a dilemma of being able to acquire third generation night vision devices in sufficient numbers to equip the fighting man (and machines) at the cutting edge of the battlefield. Given that battles no longer wait for the “first light” of dawn, fourth generation warfare-the use of guerrilla fighters in absolutely dark conditions wearing civilian clothes to maintain deniability of aggression-dictates that combatants need to be fitted with night vision devices in both attack and defensive operations.

The Indian dilemma is confounded by the fact that at the moment there are no more than one night vision device per section of ten men which leaves the other nine redundant at the very least or vulnerable to being exposed to enemy fire if any attempt is made for audio contact with the other members of the team. This is what happened with Major Unnikrishnan during the terrorist attack on the hotel in Mumbai on 26/11/2008. He had to raise his voice in the pitch darkness of the hotel to contact an injured colleague. It revealed his position to the terrorists and they shot in the direction of the
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