Issue of Technology Perspective and Capability Road Map
HQ Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) issued the “Technology Perspective & Capability Road Map.” This document intends to provide the industry an overview of the direction in which the Armed Forces intend to head in terms of capability over the next 15 years, which in turn would drive the technology in the developmental process. It is based on the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) of the Armed Forces. The document is being put up in the public domain in line with the vision of Shri AK Antony, Raksha Mantri, “ ..to establish a level playing field for the Indian defence industry, both public sector and private sector.”
Industry would be expected to interact with the MoD on a regular basis and offer firm commitments in partnering with MoD in developing contemporary and future technologies as well as productionalising equipment required by the Armed Forces. Effective participation based on mutual trust and cooperation would go a long way in achieving the desired degree of self-reliance. The document is to be updated periodically as and when further details become available or changes occur in future iterations of Services LTIPP.
The issue of the 'Technology Perspective and Capability Roadmap' (TPCR) by HQ IDS and placing it in the public domain will provide the defence industry as well as research and development agencies an idea of futuristic requirements of defence forces thereby enabling them to plan technology development and invest in R & D and manufacturing capabilities. Some of the systems as in space are strategic in nature and would require considerable investment at the national level involving a number of agencies including the ISRO. While other areas such as counter terrorism has also invited considerable investments required in preventive actions against terrorism to evade attacks as well as post attack diagnostics. All in all the TPCR as the document is know will be a future road map for development of technology for defence and security in the country and will be referred to in the years ahead for a holistic perception of the requirement of the Indian armed forces.