Next war should be fought with home-made solutions: Army chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat lauded the advancement in defence technology development and said that the future wars would be fought in more difficult circumstances and we should be prepared for it. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 08.55 AM (IST)

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has stressed on the need for modernisation of the armed forces.

He also added that we have reached a time in which we need to take cues from the "Arthshastra" and "Chanakya Niti".

General Rawat also lauded the advancement in defence technology development and said that the future wars would be fought in more difficult circumstances and we should be prepared for it.

"There is a huge requirement of modernisation of our armed forces, in every field. The future wars will be fought in difficult terrains and circumstances and we have to be prepared for them," the army chief said.

General Rawat was addressing a gathering at the Army Technology Seminar in Delhi.

He also assured the government on the proper utilisation of technology if the industry assisted the armed forces.

"A good headway has been made in lightweight bullet-proof material and fuel cell technology. The journey has begun and this must continue. We are confident that if we get support from the industry, we will walk the extra mile to ensure that we utilise the technology they give us," the army chief said. 

General Rawat also stressed on the need for making ammunition in India and minimising the usage of imported military equipment, saying that imports in defence technology should be lowered down and India should fight the next war with home-made solutions.

"We would like to gradually move away from imports (in defence technology), because, for a nation like ours, the time has come to ensure that we fight the next war with homemade solutions," he said.

The Indian Army last year announced plans to replace old weapons and said that they are planning to acquire 7 lakh rifles,  44,000 light machine guns (LMGs) and nearly 44,600 carbines.