Sept 22, 2010
NEW DELHI — The Indian army is taking concrete steps toward achieving network-centric operations at the strategic, operational and tactical levels with its Battlefield Management System (BMS).
BMS will be the precursor to a similar system for India’s paramilitary forces that will address counter-terrorism and counter-infiltration requirements.
Network-centric warfare is in essence the integration of sensors and shooters with decision makers on a robust information grid. “Within the armed forces, the Defense Communication
Systems [DCN] will provide the information grid at the strategic level for tri-services integration,” says M.M. Pallam Raju, state minister for defense at the 3rd International Seminar & Exhibition on Battlefield Management System.
Similar systems within each service are at various stages of development. “It will be my endeavor to create a level playing field [for] both the public and private sectors, leading to an enhanced domestic capability and ensuring that greater opportunities are given to Indian entrepreneurs,” Raju says.
“All future operations are going to be joint operations and the net-centric concept is not just restricted to a single arm or service,” says Gen. V.K. Singh, chief of the army staff. “To get the desired level of synergy, the flow of correlated and intelligent information between the three services is essential.”
- Neelam Mathews