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Night Vision India 2018

The Indian Armed Forces have felt the need to build night fighting capabilities urgently.  The NVDs held by the armed forces are not hi-tech and the inventory is small. 

Most of the armies of the world are now equipped with the third generation NVDs with the fourth generation equipment already in the test and trial phase. The Indian Army has 2nd-gen devices and requires new 3rd-gen Thermal Imaging (TI) and night vision devices for soldiers and night sights for rifles. One reason for the long delay has been the failure of defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd to absorb the technology with the help of foreign suppliers.

The Indian Army alone has a requirement of over 30,000 third generation NVDs to meet its requirements as per the present war establishment (WE) authorisation. There is a need to further enhance these holdings as presently only one device is authorised per section. Currently, only one soldier in a ten-man section is authorised to possess an NVG set, but the army wants to increase this ratio to 50 percent of personnel.

Almost 80 percent of the tanks lacked night fighting capabilities. The process to equip tanks is in hand. However, the gap is large and would take time to bridge since both T-72 and T-90 need to be equipped with better NVDs.

Night Vision Devices (NVDs) are also in use in Police Department and Paramilitary Forces (Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Borders Security Force (BSF), Assam Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and National Security Guard (NSG).

Objectives of the Night Vision Seminar

The objectives of the seminar are as follows:

•  To review the night fighting capabilities and the night vision devices available with the armed forces at present.

•  To analyse short and long term requirements to "Own the Night" and build the capability to carry out effective night and all-weather operations.

•  To assess the supporting C4I infrastructure, which can augment and support the night fighting capabilities.

•  To examine ways and means of augmenting border infrastructure for improved surveillance at night against infiltration.

•  To assess the best options for equipping the soldier to fight with efficiency at night.

•  To assess currently available technologies and technologies on the horizon to improve night fighting capabilities for the three Services.


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Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister

Lt Gen Sarath Chand, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Army Staff, Army HQ.

Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Director, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies.

Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni, PVSM, AVSM, SC, SM, VSM, former Director General Infantry

Director General Infantry, Army HQ

Maj Gen GD Bakshi, SM, VSM, former GOC Romeo Force.

Asst Chief of Naval Staff (Air), Naval HQ.

Additional Director General Mechanised Forces

Additional Director General Artillery, Army HQ

Addl Director General Army Aviation.

Inspector General (Operations), Border Security Force HQ

Principal Director Offensive Operations, Air HQ.

Dy Director General B, Infantry, Army HQ.

Commanding Officer SATA Regiment, Corp of Artillery, Army HQ. 

Director IRDE, DRDO  

Director Infantry-8, F-INSAS Project, Army HQ.

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