New Delhi: Energy efficiency of defense systems and field formations can help reduce the number of troops that are required to support the soldiers serving on the frontline, said Vice Army Chief Lt Gen CP Mohanty on Friday. “It is imperative that all future force requirements and new systems being inducted in the Indian Army are evaluated for their energy efficiency,” he said at a webinar organized by think tank CENJOWS.
The Army needs to aim for energy efficiency through renewable sources, replacing its legacy transport fleet, advance its thermal and power military technologies, and explore the wireless transmission of energy at forwarding areas, Mohanty noted. He said energy efficiency can act as a force multiplier.
“This (energy efficiency) will also have a critical impact on making us resource surplus by reducing our long-term energy costs and thus enhancing our fiscal envelope for modernizations and capability enhancement,” he noted. The Army must also look at developing and diffusion of modeling, simulation, and other analytical wargaming tools, he said. This should be done to reduce dependence on energy heavy firing practices, mass movement, war maneuver, and joint exercises with troops, he added.
CENJOWS was raised at the initiative of Ministry of Defence on 24 Aug 2007 and is registered under ‘The Societies Registration Act 1860’. The centre has been set up to:
- Rise above sectoral and departmental legacies, and examine joint warfare and synergy issues in their entirety.
- Provide the much needed interface between various stakeholders, viz the government, public and private sector, academia, NGOs and civil society.
- Initiate debates and discussions in an independent and unbiased milieu for emergence of best possible alternative.