December 18, 2017
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Rapid strike
OCTOBER 2014: The future of the battlefield will be closely tied in with the advance of electronics computers, robots and sensors will become more common on the future battlefield. Infantrymen are being equipped with digital radios and computers. Night vision devices have been around for some time. Tanks have highly sophisticated targeting computers, radar and imaging devices. All these devices are electronic in nature.

As these devices become more and more common they will be integrated into helmets, weapons, and battle suits. Vehicles will become highly automated and detection of the enemy will become easier. As weapons become more lethal it will become more important to have an advantage over the enemy. However, electronics are not invulnerable.

In the past, the threat of mutually assured destruction provided a lasting deterrent against the exchange of multiple high-yield nuclear warheads. 
 
Undersea rescue
SEPTEMBER 2014: The August 2013 Sindhurakshak and the February 2014 Sindhuratna submarine tragedies are stark reminder of the absence of a deep submergence rescue vessel in Indian Navy.

Since the first accident occurred on the harbor, the navy was saved from the responsibility to perform mid sea rescue. Though the Indian Navy possesses one vintage submarine rescue system which is capable of rescuing the crew at depths less than 150 metres, the requirement for the present era is to have a deep submergence rescue vessel.

To meet an emergency situation an agreement has been reached with the US Navy to facilitate the rescue of sailors in distress through US navy rescue equipments. Called the Indo-American Rescue Flyaway kit, this will be flown to India for rescuing the submariners in distress.
 
Cache superiority
AUGUST 2014: Modern war is all about controlling the progress of combat scenario without getting directly engaged into the war theatre from a close proximity.

For that, air superiority remains an essential military mission and instead of fighters now UAV and UCAV are all set to perform the task.


Although control of the air does not itself destroy or defeat the majority of enemy forces, it provides the freedom of action and strategic flexibility that allow other military forces to do so.

Air superiority is central to a full range of military capabilities, including power projection of sea and land forces, close air support, interdiction, and freedom of maneuver for ground forces.
 
Conquering heights
JULY 2014: The Indian Army is considered as among the best trained army in the world when it comes to mountain or high altitude warfare.

India, due to the instability in the region, hostile neighbors with the need for permanent deployments in the mountainous regions, has come a long way since 1962. India’s mountain warfare units were vastly expanded after the 1962 war, with the creation of 6 Mountain Divisions.

But it was the shortcomings and observations during the Kargil war which attracted Indian government’s attention towards training troops for a dedicated specialized mountain warfare, which is very essential in the 21st Century battlefield. 
 
Burgeoning alliance
JUNE 2014: India and Russia are all set to develop a new generation fighter plane which is known as PAK-FA, a fifth generation aircraft based on T-50 prototype model that can challenge even most advanced fighters in the world, perhaps, performing better in some segments than the F-22 Raptor.

Russia and India are jointly developing two versions of the combat aircraft - a two-seater version to meet the requirements of India’s air superiority policy of Indian Air Force, and a single-seat version for the Russian Air Force.

While India’s HAL is giving technological support to the project in many new areas, Sukhoi has constructed three prototypes at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Production Association (KNAAPO) in Russia’s Far East.
 
Behind enemy lines
MAY 2014: In today’s swift and intense warfare of 21st century, the Special Forces have already earned a special position for themselves by the way of showing the world that they can handle very high risk missions without much problems and take them to a logical conclusion with greater precision and lightening speed.

The US Navy SEALs have gone far too ahead of all other Special Forces after they seized Osama Bin Laden in his hide out with a precision which has never been seen in the history of military-intelligence parlance anywhere in the world.

It had not only demonstrated a high degree of precision but an operation many could not even fathom that how it was managed with so much risk involved in the entire operation which was being live monitored by US President
 
Lurking fingers
APRIL 2014: Cyber security systems, including network centric warfare systems and platforms, are proving to be the main weapon of new generation and hi-tech battlefield that is swift, lethal and decisive.      

As the effort to dominate cyber space has increased tremendously in last five years, it is now a necessity that without access to timely situational awareness, the vital concept of 21st Century warfare may be lost much before it could even start.

Militaries all over the world now rely on the fact that cyberspace is not just becoming a dominant platform for life but it is also becoming the century’s dominant platform for hi-tech warfare.

As political and military decisions are made to protect and preserve the 21st Century way of life, one cannot help but wonder how well informed these decisions will be.
 
Escaping hazard
MARCH 2014: The military modernization of China has surprised every country in the world. The best thing about the whole modernization process of Chinese military is that they are preparing themselves to counter any kind of futuristic threats. China is having border dispute with many countries in the region but with India it is a serious bone of contention.

The changing requirement of modern battlefield has increased the risks coming from unexpected and deadly threats. The new war scenario can be lethal and precise aimed at maximum damage. And the fear of getting such means of weapons in the hands of adversaries or non state actors poses a bigger challenge.

China is also now preparing its military to meet all eventualities in this direction for which it has decided to equip its forces with latest generation of counter NBC warfare equipments. 
 
Deep tracking
FEBRUARY 2014: The maritime surveillance is undergoing a sea change due to advent of long range surveillance and reconnaissance technologies which most modern navies are now attempting to integrate into their command and control structure to meet new challenges.

The sea borne threats are multiplying in view of deteriorating security situation and strategic rivalry among newly emerging powers in Asia and Africa who often tend to take a narrow view of the whole spectrum of maritime challenges.

Maritime Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability is the precursor technology to ward off threats in the middle of the sea from far away coasts and any attempt by hostile forces can be neutralized within minimum possible time frame.
 
Stout punch
JANUARY 2014: Since the sea warfare is changing at a rapid pace with the introduction of best of technology into the sea borne underwater operations, most navies are finding it difficult to detect undersea activities of stealth submarines which can defy sometimes most modern technical capability of a well equipped force.

More than 35 countries are currently operating a series of modern submarines, both conventional and nuclear capable, which can operate so silently that one cannot even think about their presence in such deep waters close to coastal waters.

Submarines are equipped to defy heavy under sea current and magnetic response of seabed at times of critical moment but this appears to be a cat and mouse game where movement signature’s of a ship can be a dangerous signal for the enemy to strike.