Army Chief says forces must be ready for warfare along borders

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Thursday, "The armed forces will have to remain prepared for conventional warfare along our borders," while addressing a two-day conference on military communication.Without naming any country, Rawat said India will continue to face conventional or non-traditional forms of warfare and the armed forces will have to be ready to deal with any such challenge.
Rawat also stressed on the need to adopt the latest technologies for the armed forces without any delay so that it does not become obsolete after induction. He further added that, we will have to identify the correct type of technology for the armed forces and ensure that our trial procedure do not linger on for long.

Communication technology for the armed forces must be simple, light-weight and easy to maintain as they will be required for wars on the borders, he said adding the technology must work in extreme weather conditions. He also talked about the need for having proper encryption mechanism, both for voice and data, for communication network for the armed forces.

Addressing the gathering, minister of state for Defence Subhash Bhamre said the government was committed to fulfil requirements of the armed forces and that information technology can act as a force multiplier.