Communication tools reduced defence gaps: Antony
Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said, as the tactical domain is extremely fragile, with rapid mobility in a hostile and dynamic environment, modern day communication tools have reduced the gap between strategic, operational and tactical domains.
Inaugurating the two-day International Seminar and Exposition Defcom India-2012 here, he said the single biggest challenge facing societies and nations is the vulnerability of communication and network devices to attacks, or threats in the electronic, cyber as well as the physical domain.
Antony said that over the last few years, some progress has been made in developing a Tactical Communication System (TCS).
"It is an ideal opportunity for the Indian industry and Research and Development (R and D) organisations to come forward and provide latest solutions to the challenges being faced in Tactical Communication," said Antony.
The traditional knowledge and wisdom inherent in Indian culture, as well as software skills must be blended with manufacturing abilities to get the best results, he added.
Antony said that various committees and joint interest groups have been formed in an effort to build futuristic and indigenous solutions to communication challenges.
However, this is only a starting point and a lot more needs to be done. Initiatives taken today will surely empower the nation further in the field of information technology, communication, electronics and cyber security, the minister said.
Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh, in his address, said that the guiding objective is to achieve self-reliance and technical sovereignty in TCS through indigenization of designs and standards.
He said that while there are challenges in realizing the objective, the army, industry and academia should indeed look at the emerging opportunities in the ICTEC domain.
Singh said the Tactical Communications Network has to be dynamic and resilient with multiple redundancies.