An industry academia team visited Ladakh from Mar 13 to 18 The visit was part of Industry Academia in Support of Indian Army’ a program by army design bureau
The interaction exposed them to the actual conditions of a soldiers in this region and to have a first-hand experience to realign their work to meet army’s operating requirements. The industry - academia team consisted of six representatives from firms specializing in manufacture of defence products and six members from IIT Mumbai, Delhi and Gandhinagar. They were accompanied by senior army officers from the Army Design Bureau.
The first had an interaction at Fire and Fury Corps wherein they were briefed about various challenges in the region followed by briefing and demonstration on various innovations done in-house under ‘Nav Kiran’ to mitigate the same.
‘Nav Kiran’ is an innovation cell under the aegis of Fire and Fury Corps to encourage generation of new ideas and to facilitate development of in-house solutions to various challenges being faced by soldiers in Ladakh and Saichen.
The army spokesperson said the team visited forward areas in Saichen and Eastern Ladakh. They had interactive session attended by Lieutenant General PJS Pannu, General Officer Commanding Fire and Fury Corps, senior officers of the Corps and technical graduates of the Army serving in Ladakh.
The Fire & Fury Corps initiative ‘Nav Kiran’ has the potential to harnesses the in-house talent and on ground experience of the Indian Army personnel. The army spokesperson said it would be a step in achieving perfect synergy between the industry-academia and the user, required for development of viable equipment/technologies which would enhance the fighting capability of soldiers in real terms.