The enduring mission of the defence forces is to safeguards sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of India against any external threats and also to provide support to civil authorities in response to domestic emergencies by deterrence or by waging war. Thus the strength, type and structure of the forces have to be decided by taking into account the security environment facing the nation, both conventional as well as the nuclear. In a way, defence modernization must imperatively respond to the prevailing challenges and needs of the country.
At the present juncture, our armed forces are in transition from industrial age forces to knowledge age forces with a portion being equipped with state-of-the-art weapons. While the army has a larger element of industrial age forces, the navy and the air force which are more technology intensive forces and less manpower intensive, are much better on the equipment profile.
The writers, with their vast experience and expertise in various fields in the present defence setup, have critically analyzed all the factors and suggested ways to fully modernize our defence structure in order to make the book a guiding tool for the defence authorities as well as students at large.
Author: Lt Gen PC Katoch, Air Marshal SR Deshpande
Features: HB, Spr