Government Moots Defence Technology Road

By admin • May 25th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — The Indian Defence Ministry is chalking out the roadmap for the Indian Defence Forces and will be laying emphasis on defence technology in the area of weaponry, combat vehicles and air defence. The Indian Defence Ministry has corroborated these measures in its paper called ‘Technology Perspective and Capability Road Map for 2010’.

The Technology Perspective and Capability Road Map for 2010 is the Indian Defence Ministry’s first effort to provide an overview of what the armed services hope to field by the middle of the next decade.

The aim of this defence technology roadmap is to drive the technology and development process of prospective developers, contractors and bidders in India and abroad and to provide an overview of the Defence Ministry’s aims.

The main idea of the Technology Perspective and Capability Road Map for 2010 paper is to spell out the needs of the Indian defence forces and the capabilities required. The roadmap identifies the ability to field long-range subsonic cruise missiles for precision strikes against high-value targets as a main objective. India has the ‘Nirbhay’ cruise missile for land and air launch.

As for the precision-strike range, India will be looking to field loitering munitions and has been looking at the Israeli and European market. As for directed-energy systems, India seeks the ability to engage enemy unmanned aerial vehicles in the 8-10-km. [5-7.2-mi.] range, capable of being designated and controlled by appropriate detection and tracking systems which will be laser-based. The directed-energy requirements also include dazzlers and low-power lasers for Special Forces to disrupt optical sensors.

The Indian Defence Ministry’s roadmap also highlights the need for day/night standoff strike, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV) and an increased number of force-multiplier platforms such as airborne early warning (AEW) and tanker aircraft.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is already developing the capabilities provided by the A-50 Phalcon AEW aircraft, along with its Ilyushin Il-78 tankers. The UAV’s should be capable of carrying payloads such as weapons, [synthetic aperture radar] payloads, electro-optical devices and electronic and communications intelligence. The state-owned Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is working on a home-grown UCAV and UAV’s like ‘Heron’ are being sourced from Israel.

The Technology Roadmap paper of the Indian Defence Ministry clearly states the IAF’s far-reaching surveillance and target-acquisition capabilities, including long-range battlefield surveillance, remote sensor systems and the ability to track cruise missiles from airborne platforms. The roadmap also states that an overhaul of India’s air defence ground environment is needed. The IAF will look to acquire air defence weapons from ground-based mobile platforms capable of engaging all kinds of projectiles including rockets, mortar/ artillery, UAVs, missiles, fighter aircraft, helicopters, precision guided munitions and other standoff armament.

source: india defence online

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