NEW DELHI: The Indian Army wants futuristic armoured vehicles like main-battle tanks, with requisite firepower and mobility, which can operate both on the plains of the western front with Pakistan as well as the mountainous terrain of the northern border with China.

Battlefields of the future will be “complex” and warfare “hybrid” in nature, and the Army needs to systematically modernize its combat capabilities to tackle all such scenarios, said General Bipin Rawat, speaking at a seminar on ‘Future Armoured Vehicles India 2017’ here on Wednesday.

While fighting battles in the conventional domains, the sub-conventional domain also “cannot be overlooked”, as also the use of space and cyberspace. “There will be information warfare,” Gen Rawat said.

The Army chief’s statement comes in the backdrop of his force last week issuing the preliminary tender or request for information (RFI) to global armament giants for production of an initial 1,770 future ready…

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