NEW DELHI: With changing patterns in terrain, armoured vehicles like battle tanks must have the capacity and capability to operate on the western as well the northern border, Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday.

Future warfare will be hybrid in nature and forces need to build the capability to deal with it, Rawat said.

He was addressing the inaugural session of a seminar on ‘Future Armoured Vehicles India 2017’ here.

Some part of the Thar desert is hardening, the Army chief said. With the development of canals, barren land has turned green and population density has increased, posing challenges.

“With the canal systems evolving, we have to address the requirement of bridges and the manner in which these armoured fighting vehicles will negotiate them. That is why I say the battlefield will turn complex… the terrain will add to the complexities,” Rawat said.

Whatever be the future, he added, armoured vehicles must have the…

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