Army to be transformed into a more lethal force: Gen VK Singh
Strengthening its capabilities for a two-front war, the Indian Army on Friday said it would "reorganise, restructure and relocate" its various formations for transforming into a more agile and lethal force.
New Delhi: Strengthening its capabilities
for a two-front war, the Indian Army on Friday said it would
"reorganise, restructure and relocate" its various formations
for transforming into a more agile and lethal force.
The aim of this transformation is also to shift the
organisation from a threat-based to a capability-based service
and provide theatre-based capabilities to the force, Army
Chief General VK Singh said on the eve of the 63rd Army day.
"We are looking at reorganising and restructuring our
force headquarters including the Army headquarters for a
faster decision making so that it becomes slightly flattended
and more responsive," he said.
The Army chief said the transformation plans were
originally evolved in a study carried out last year after
which sub-committees were formed to implement them.
"This year, we will make test beds to try out the
concepts that would be implemented at larger level later," he
He said the reorganisation and restructuring of troops
would take place in formations located in both mountains and
plains and strike capabilities would be adequately provided to
"We are looking at integrated logistics, which makes
it more structured. We are looking at theaterisation of combat
support resources to ensure synergy of resources in a theatre
as part of theatre battle plan," the Army chief said.
Officials said this would mean that the Army would be
organised in such a manner that the two theatres would be
independent of each other and for warfighting in a particular
theatre, the resources of the other theatre would not be
Under the plans, the Army is also thinking of putting
elements under its Strike Corps under a Strategic Command,
which would be located around both its eastern and western
Gen Singh said the force would also like to increase
its aviation assets by getting more choppers under its
He also said probably for the first time, the Army
would meet its financial targets.
"We have ensured that all our cases are pushed through
and meet the time lines. All services have integrated
developmental plans and we aim at doing doable things. We have
been able to ensure that targets are met adequately," he said.
On the outdated weapon systems in the force, he said,
"In any force in world, 30 per cent of the equipment is state
of the art, 40 per cent is of current technology and rest is
of outdated technology and can be upgraded."