New Delhi, June 12: In a key step towards acquiring network-centric warfare capabilities, the Army on Friday inducted the `Shakti` computerised combat command and control system to integrate its artillery weapon operations.
"We have to get network centricity for the Army and
Shakti is a major step in this direction. This has integrated
the weapon systems and the methodology for engaging targets
for the artillery," Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said at a
function to mark the occasion here.
He stressed that future wars would be short and
intensely technology driven and to achieve their objectives,
the forces needed to be modernised and networked.
General Kapoor said that Project Shakti has empowered
the artillery to attain the cutting edge through automation of
all functions at all levels of command.
Shakti is a main sub-system of Tactical Command Control
and Communication system being fielded by the Indian Army. Its
components include a tactical computer, handheld computer and
gun display unit, interconnected through a tactical radio
network, land lines and fibre optics cable.
Army Vice Chief Lieutenant General Noble Thamburaj,
Director General of (Information Systems) Lt Gen P C Katoch
and Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) Chairman Ashwani Kumar
Dutt were also present on the occasion.