Army boosts its night fighting capability | idrw.org ++ . . In order to become agile and lethal, 1.13 million strong Indian Army has significantly removed its night blindness as 70 per cent tanks can fight in the night. The Army has also cut down its mobilisation time by half from the days of Operation Parakram in the wake of the Parliament attack when it took almost 15 days to mobilise the forces close to the western border. Future targets include equipping each army corps with a rotary brigade for information gathering, quick response and supporting the attack helicopters. The rotary wing would also be speedy troop movement as a part of the combat support system. â€œArmy aviation wing was created so that commanders at tactical battlefield should not look beyond his back. IAF has its own views and we have ours,â€ Army Chief Gen V K Singh said. The two services are at loggerheads over the scope and mandate of the Army Aviation Wing with the Indian Air Force insisting that the Army should take all air support from them. Singh said many acquisition projects are in the pipeline, which, if approved in the next two months, would lead to Rs 5,000 crore purchase for the Army in a fiscal. If only some of them are cleared, still the purchase would be close to Rs 2,500 crore. The new purchases are in air and ground surveillance, deeper strike capability, tactical decision support systems and to counter night-blindness.