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Indian Army Chief General Naravne wants to add punch to India’s offensive poise

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: Feb. 12, 2021, 12:55 p.m.

New Delhi: Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravne has spoken about the upcoming newer challenges and the need to add punch to India’s offensive poise after observing the ‘real and the present dangers’ on the country’s border.

“Ongoing developments along our northern borders should cause us to ponder over. The nature of our unsettled borders and consequent challenges with regard to the preservation of our territorial integrity and sovereignty. Without doubts there are newer threats on the horizon, but the hard reality is that the legacy challenges have not quite gone away,” Naravne said at a seminar on Multi domain operations: Future of Conflicts organized by the centre for Land Warfare Studies.

He further said considering the challenges in mind that the challenges had only grown in scale and intensity.

“We need to develop capacities to strengthen our own anti-access prowess as well as develop proficiencies to overcome the anti-access capacities of the adversary to strengthen our defensive framework as also to add punch to our offensive poise,” Chief Naravne said in consideration to the challenges being faced and wanting to add a punch to India’s offensive poise.

He Chief Genera further stated “We have seen how the very imaginative and offensive use of drones in Idlib and then in Armenia-Azerbaijan challenged the traditional prima donnas: the tanks, the artillery and the dug in infantry .”

“We have also seen how disruptive technologies are now driving doctrinal cycles like never before. It may be inaccurate to infer that technology itself is steadily emerging as a core combat capability,” Chief General Naravne added. 

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