news.outlookindia.com | Govt to Unveil Long-Term Plan of Armed Forces Government would shortly unveil the Armed Forces Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan reflecting their 15-year operational requirements, a key Defence official said here today. "....Shortly you will have Armed Forces Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan in public domain", Vice-Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) said at an international conference on electronic warfare (EW). "Perspective Plan of the Armed Forces is likely to be approved by the Government very shortly", he told reporters later. "It (the Plan) will be put on MoD (Ministry of Defence) website". The Plan would give an idea to the industries vis-a-vis requirements of the Armed Forces for the next 15 years so that they can act accordingly in areas such as joint venture, investment, research and development, the Vice-Admiral said. Acknowledging that the demand-supply gap is an issue and the process -- from conceptualisation to actual delivery of products -- takes "a little longer time", he said there is need to involve and encourage private industry and "widen the capacity of the industry". But Vice-Admiral Sinha said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) would have to develop niche technologies as "nobody will give it to us". Addressing the conference, he referred to "long-gestation period" between Research and Development, limited production capacity vis-a-vis users' (armed forces) necessity for military operations. "This calls for introspection". "The process (from conceptualisation of EW products to final delivery) is unduly long leading to obsolescence by the time of induction", the Vice-Admiral said. He said product support remains inadequate and dependence on sub-systems import and procurement of sub-systems from different sub-contractors pose a challenge. Bangalore-headquartered Bharat Electronics Ltd is the prime production agency for EW products in India. The Vice-Admiral said, "The growing demand of users (armed forces) must be met if we need to have edge over our adversaries". "Economic growth of India has allowed corporate players to undertake unconventional business challenges. We must identify credible corporate houses who can play a role in speedy and quality delivery of EW systems", he said, adding, this process needs careful approach keeping confidentiality in mind. He said private industry should be encouraged in joint design and development and users need to be kept in the loop from the time of conceptualisation. While the DRDO and production agencies have contributed a great deal in the field of EW, there is a need to fill the gap of demand and supply in terms of time-frame, quality and quantity, the Vice-Admiral added.