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SILVER JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL AIR DEFENCE SEMINAR

The lethality and the severity of the air threat today has increased manifold. This threat perspective has moved beyond its erstwhile scalar dimension of manned aircraft as the main 'threat vehicle' including attack helicopters with new players like UAVs, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, precision guided munitions and more, have added new perspective to the aerial offensive capability. This, coupled with contemporary and enabling technologies like stealth, soft kill and electronic warfare have revamped the aerial punch into a potent and a viable weapon.

The International Seminar on "Air Defence India" is being organized on 26-27 July 2018 at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Army Air Defence Corps.

Aim

The aim of the seminar is to obtain inputs in the journey towards for modernization of the country’s Air Defence and apprise the industry regarding the requirements and expectations.

Objectives

 

  • The objectives of the seminar are as follows:
  • Familiarise with the latest concepts of Air Defence being adopted by other contemporary armies of the world.
  • Explore existing technology to neutralize new aerial threats.
  • Explore the concept of convergence of EW with Ground Based Air Defence Weapon Systems.
  • Build understanding on the aspect of latest trends in communication technology towards achieving net centricity for Air Defence Control & Reporting System (ADC&RS).
  • Establish clarity on concepts required towards preparation of modernization road map for Air Defence.
  • Project requirements to the industry for the next three Five-Year Plan periods.
  • Improve industry integration facilitating understanding of the requirement of Air Defence. Build a common platform for Services-Industry cooperation and response to the needs of Air Defence.

 

The Indian Armed Forces will use this occasion to carry out a comprehensive technical and commercial scan of Air Defence related technologies available, both globally and domestically in the foreseeable future.

Critical Needs

With the evolving air threat and the growing impact of air power on the outcome of conflict, the need for an effective Air Defence capability for air, land and naval operations has become particularly relevant in the current scenario of rapid technological advancements in avionics, stealth technology and precision strike capabilities of multiple aerial threat vehicles. Combat power cannot be sustained without a responsive and contemporary Air Defence. While the severity and lethality of the air threat continues to grow in all its multifarious dimensions, there is a time critical need for modernization of the Corps and upgrade of its existing inventory.

With recent initiatives in procurement, Indian Air Defence Corps is moving from near obsolescence to a crucial force for protecting military bases, frontline airbases, tank regiments, warships and also strategic assets.

India is looking at systems that can be deployed in multiple configurations and can be used by the Army, Air Force and Navy - from man-portable that can easily lifted by troops in rugged mountain areas and carried to newer locations to fully automated self propelled systems.

India has launched the procurement process for three types of SAMs - medium-range, quick-reaction and man-portable short-range missile systems - to replace the Air Defence Corps' old Russian-origin Kvadrat, Strela and other systems.

These will be in addition to two regiments of the indigenous Akash systems, whose deliveries have been completed. The IAF has also got eight Akash squadrons - six of them based in the north-east to counter China.

The modernization road map envisages a vibrant Air Defence force which will be equipped with a range guns and missile systems capable of meeting the challenges posed by the emerging air threat over the next few decades. These weapon systems would be networked on an automated Control and Reporting (C&R) system integrated to the C&R systems of the Indian Air Force.

 

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