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Army Tech Seminar (ARTECH 2019)

Published Jan 12, 2019
Updated May 31, 2020

In its quest for modernization through optimum use of emerging technologies, Indian Army organised the Army Technology Seminar-2019 (ARTECH 2019) on the theme “Disruptive Impact of Emerging Technologies on Land Warfare” at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt on 11 Jan 2019.

The seminar was aimed to bring together stakeholders in the military, academia and industry to provide perspective on the available and emerging technologies which could have an impact on warfighting. The event was attended by Dr Subhash Bhamre, Raksha Rajya Mantri, Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, Shri Ajay Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Production and other dignitaries from Ministry of Defence, army, academia and civil defence industry.

In his keynote address, the Chief of the Army Staff said that technological disruptions are rapidly changing the character of warfighting and future conflicts will be fought across domains wherein networks and integration would be the key to generate military power.

An exhibition showcasing military innovations developed by field Army, DRDO, Academia and industry was also organised during the seminar.

The previous three seminars have resulted in increased interaction and handholding of defence Industry and Academic Institutions. Nine new Make projects, seven Technology Development Fund projects and eight Army Technology Board projects have been taken up in the year 2018 as a result of increased interaction.

The challenge of determining what constitutes a disruptive technology and could turn into a battle-winning factor is increasing with rapid developments in multiple fields other than Information Technology.

Some of these include advanced materials, additive manufacturing, autonomous systems, directed energy weapons, and human performance enhancement. The exploitation of these and other technologies would depend to a great extent on their effective exploitation which would have to cover the strategic to the tactical spectrum of the conduct of warfare.

The seminar will also involve an experiential display of equipment which can be used to achieve disproportionate results.