Army displays firepower in Ahmednagar

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

“The forces are operating in diverse conditions and integration with all kinds of sensors will be the key in future warfare,” Major Gen Neeraj Kapur said. 

PUNE: Major Gen Neeraj Kapur, Commandant of the Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACCS), Ahmednagar on Monday said the forces have to keep evolving procedures, drills and techniques to remain ahead of the adversary at all times.

He was speaking during the ‘Fire Power and Manoeuvre Exercise’  at the KK Field Ranges near Ahmednagar, by the ACCS and the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre (MIRC) headed by Brigadier VV Subramaniam. 

“The forces are operating in diverse conditions and integration with all kinds of sensors will be the key in future warfare,” he said. 

The demonstration of firepower and manoeuvre showcased the mechanised forces’ capabilities and operational preparedness.  The thunderous roar of tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs) and their accurate firepower left the viewers awestruck. The ACC&S and the MIRC, besides training the personnel of our mechanised forces, also train students from friendly countries in Mechanised Warfare and Tank Technology on various armoured fighting vehicles and combat platforms.

Most modern equipment on the inventory of armoured regiments are fired with precision and in cohesion with each other, with the main attraction being the lethal T-90 tanks. The Mechanised Forces Fire Power & Manoeuvre Exercise was conducted over two hours.  In the first half, the capability of tanks, Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs) and Attack Helicopters were showcased.  During the second half, tanks and ICVs displayed integrated firing with speed and agility.  This was followed by a display of manoeuvre by the armoured vehicles in a simulated attack on a dummy enemy position.

The T-90 tanks and the newly upgraded T-72 tanks jointly displayed modern fighting concepts, accurately engaging multiple targets in swift integrated manoeuvres. This was followed by a spectacular display of an offensive manoeuvre on a simulated enemy position by a combat group. 

The spectators were enthralled by the sight of tanks assaulting in close proximity, supported by covering fire, smoke screens and bombardment.  On termination of this manoeuvre, spectators had an opportunity to see the tanks, ICVs, weapon platforms and ammunition from close quarters.

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