SP's Land Forces - Issue 5 - 2021

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    The Infantry — The Buck Stops at its Feet
    By Lt General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    Infantry the world over has kept pace with the evolution of warfare. However, the Indian Army is lagging behind in its efforts to keep the Infantry comparable to the best in the world as far as its weapon and equipment profile is concerned. The Infantry of the Indian Army is in dire need of all round improvement especially in the areas of survivability, lethality and mobility.

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    The FICV Saga
    By Ranjit Kumar

    The Indian Army is eager to get 1,750 FICV, for which RFI was issued for the third time on June 24, 2021. The proposed combat vehicle could be manufactured in India under the Strategic Partnership initiative.

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    Infantry Marches on Technology
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Digitisation permits the war fighter to communicate vital battlefield information instantly. The aim is to create a common operational picture (COP) of the battlefield at each level, from soldier to commander, which is based on common data collected through a network of sensors, battle management systems and weapon platforms.

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    Infantry — The Indispensable Factor
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    At the culmination of any war or conflict, occupation of territory, tactically or as part of conquest, requires infantry to actually get in there. Ultimately it is boots on ground of the infantryman that will signal victory.

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    Xpeller — Protection from Dangerous High Flyers, the Threat from the Air

    In an interaction with SP’s Land Forces, HENSOLDT looks back at the successful launch of its Xpeller business globally and its plans for India market

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    Lt General Nav K. Khanduri has assumed command as GOC-in-C of the Western Command on November 1, 2021. He is the first officer from the Army Air Defence to be elevated to the rank of Army Commander.

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    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    The 75th Infantry Day to commemorate the contributions of Infantry, the largest fighting arm of the Indian Army was celebrated on October 27, 2021. To mark the occasion, the focus of this issue is on the Indian Infantry.