Rajnath Singh inaugurates e-governance applications, hands over indigenous defence equipments to Indian Army

Rajnath Singh

In an event organised by the Military Engineering Services (MES), the construction wing of the army, the Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, handed over several indigenously-developed equipment and systems to the Army.

The equipment/systems have been jointly developed by the Indian Army in collaboration with Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and the Industry, a Defence Ministry statement said. The equipment comprises the Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS), new generation anti-personnel mine ‘Nipun’, rugged and automatic communication system with enhanced capabilities, upgraded sights system for tanks, advanced thermal imagers and state-of-the art high mobility infantry protected vehicles and assault boats.

The Union minister further inaugurated several initiatives of the armed forces including the e-governance applications, scales of accommodation (SoA 2022), and training modules.

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Additionally, he revealed the training modules, which include 198 illustrative videos on relevant subjects of the latest construction techniques. The Scale of Accommodation has also been updated by the MES to ensure that future infrastructural assets meet modern criteria.

Moreover, Singh proposed infrastructure development based on cutting-edge technology, noting that the armed forces’ infrastructure demands are growing in line with the swiftly evolving times. This will assist the forces to remain prepared for new threats.

The infantry soldier is given three major subsystems as part of the F-INSAS. According to the statement, the first sub-system consists of a modern, high-tech assault rifle with day and night holographic and reflex sights that are installed on both the weapon and the wearer’s helmet to provide 360-degree visibility and accuracy under operating situations.

Reportedly, in addition to the primary weapon system, the soldiers will be equipped with a multi-mode hand grenade that has also been acquired locally, as well as a multi-purpose knife.

Besides, the second sub-system is a protection system through a specially designed helmet and a bulletproof jacket while the third sub-system consists of a communication and surveillance system.

According to the statement, a brand-new Indian mine called ‘Nipun’ has been developed in collaboration with the Indian industry and the Armament Research and Development Establishment, Pune, for the Army.

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According to the Ministry, the former thermal sights in T-90 tanks used image intensification systems, which had their own restrictions and limits. These restrictions have been removed by using thermal imaging sights.

Developed by India Optel Limited, the thermal imaging sight can detect heat signatures of enemy tanks and equipment and are better for detection and targeting. The brand new equipment provides enhanced visibility and range to the commanders of armoured columns.

The Ministry further stated that one of the most challenging terrain and operational sectors is the Siachen Glacier and the complete power requirement in the area to operate various equipment was met only through a captive generator supply. A solar photo-voltaic plant has been installed to improve the overall energy requirements and also obviate dependence on fossil fuels which was virtually inaugurated by Union Minister Rajnath Singh.