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Annual Fire Power display: Mechanised infantry being adapted to needs of changing hybrid warfare, says Army

The annual Fire Power and Manoeuvre Exercise and Equipment display was held on Wednesday at KK Ranges near Ahmednagar.

Written by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune | Published: January 7, 2016 2:02:25 am

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Training provided to the mechanised infantry is being adapted as per the needs of changing warfare, which is a hybrid of both conventional and sub-conventional kinds, Army officers said during a firepower demo conducted by the Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) and the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre (MIRC) in Ahmednagar.

The annual Fire Power and Manoeuvre Exercise and Equipment display was held on Wednesday at KK Ranges near Ahmednagar. The spectacular demonstration of firepower and manoeuvre showcased the mechanised forces’ capabilities of tanks and armoured vehicles like BMPs, and their proficiency and operational preparedness. The ear-splitting thunder of tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs), which unleashed their lethal and accurate firepower left viewers awestruck.

ACC&S Commandant Major General Praveen Dixit and MIRC Commandant Brigadier VS Verma and other senior officers said that the training modules at these institutions are continuously modified as per requirements of modern warfare. Verma said, “The modern warfare would be a hybrid of both conventional and sub-conventional warfare. And we regularly adapt to the needs of this type of warfare.”

Senior officers said that unlike in the past, training is now being carried out in small teams to suit counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. Armoured vehicles are also being fitted with Urban Survival Kits, which make the vehicles adapt to warfare in built-up areas.

The main attraction of the exercise was the presence of T-90 tanks. In the first part of the two-hour display, the technological and tactical capabilities of the integrated might of the tanks, ICVs and attack helicopters were showcased. During the second part, firing in static and dynamic modes was carried out.

The display saw the crew’s adeptness in handling the power of tanks and ICVs and hit the ‘bull’s eye’ again and again. The Hunter-Killer concept was amply proven by the T-90 tanks, which while on the move, accurately engaged different targets at varying ranges with shells and missiles.

This was followed by a spectacular display of quick attack on a simulated enemy position, by a combat group comprising an armoured squadron and mechanised infantry company. As a shock element for spectators at the end of the display, the tanks charged towards the sitting area, supported by covering fire and bombardment by artillery and Air Force fighter aircraft.


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