SP's Land Forces - Issue 6 - 2020

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    MESSAGE
    General M.M. Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff

    I am pleased to learn that SP Guide Publications is releasing a special issue of SP’s Land Forces on the occasion of Army Day 2021.

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    EXCLUSIVE
    CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF
    “The era of single services operations has faded and a systems approach, that is, joint integrated operations across multiple domains is the way ahead”

    General M.M. Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff, in an interview with Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief, SP’s Land Forces...

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    ARMY DAY 2021 / COAS ADDRESS
    “We are transforming and restructuring ourselves to meet the challenges of the future”

    “Upon the Western Front, Pakistan continues to embrace terror and terrorism as an instrument of state policy”, said the Chief of the Army Staff General M.M. Naravane, in his opening remarks during Annual Army Day Press Conference 2021.

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    INDIAN ARMY DAY
    73rd Army Day Celebrated

    Indian Army celebrated its 73rd Army Day on January 15, 2021. Every year Indian Army celebrates 15th January as ‘Army Day’ to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K.M. Carriappa took over the command of Army in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence.

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    NATION BUILDING
    Indian Army in Nation Building
    By Lt General Pradeep Bali (Retd)

    The secure environment provided by the Army, ensuring the path to prosperity and development for the country as a whole, is only a part of the larger and ubiquitous role played by the Indian Army in nation building

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    1971 - 50 YEARS
    1971 – India’s Greatest Victory
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As India celebrates 50 years of victory in the 1971 war with Pakistan, SP’s Land Forces looks at how the Indian Army with the support of the IAF and the Indian Navy, bulldozed its way to the liberation of East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) to achieve one of the greatest victories by any modern-day military

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    ARMY CHARACTER
    Scholar Warrior Ethos of Indian Army - Morals, Ethics and Values
    By Major General Yash Mor (Retd)

    The future battlefield scenarios require that we be competent warfighters, but we cannot be competent fighters unless we are as intelligent and mentally tough as we are aggressive and physically rugged

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    UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE
    Grey Zone Threats – Implications on Force Structuring
    By Lt General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    Grey Zone conflict strategy has also gained traction due to the pre-eminence of the virtual world in governance, social media, domestic life, commerce and trade. Countries poorly governed are more susceptible to such threats. COVID-19 crisis has further complicated the issue.

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    MISSILE TECHNOLOGY
    Accuracy, Range of LORA Missiles Demonstrated in Firing Trials

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently completed a dual operational firing trial with LORA, the Long-Range Artillery Weapon System, a precise ballistic surface-surface strike missile (SSM).

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    L&T-made 91st K9 Vajra-T Gun flagged off by Gujarat CM at Armoured Systems Complex

    Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani flagged-off the 91st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from L&T’s Armoured System Complex (ASC). Maintaining the track record of ahead-of-time deliveries in this Ministry of Defence (MoD) programme...

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Major Rejig at Army HQs

    Appointment of Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (DCOAS) (Strategy). It is understood that the Government has agree to the creation of a new appointment called ‘Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (DCOAS) (Strategy)’ who will oversee perspective planning, military operations and information warfare.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hands over DRDO systems to Armed Forces Chiefs

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on December 18, 2020, handed over three indigenously developed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) systems to the Armed Forces Chiefs.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Successful Trials of 5.56x30mm Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC)

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed 5.56x30mm JVPC has successfully undergone the final phase of User trials on December 7, 2020.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Successful maiden launch of MRSAM

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has achieved a major milestone on December 23, 2020 with the maiden launch of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM), Army Version from Integrated Test Range, off the Coast of Odisha.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Defence Minister Approves proposal to procure indigenous equipment

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) held under the Chairmanship of the Defence Minister approved Capital Acquisition proposals of various Weapons/Platforms/Equipment/Systems for the Defence Forces at an approximate overall cost of Rs 28,000 Crore (about $3.8 billion) on December 17.

  • Appointments

    Lt General Tarun Kumar Aich took over as Director General, National Cadet Corps on January 1, 2021.
    Lt General A.K. Samantara took over as Director General of Infantry on December 21, 2020...

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    Editorial
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    The highlight of this special issue to mark the Indian Army Day, is an exclusive interview of Chief of the Army Staff General M.M. Naravane. He stressed that the Indian Army continuously and consistently trains itself for the changing character of war.