Tanks can never be extinct: Maj Gen Jha

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

“Even in hybrid warfare fought in Middle-East, it is fought with tanks. Lethality of firepower of the enemy or a terrorist-infiltrated area is continuously increasing and you need a protected way of approaching and neutralising them,” Jha said. 

PUNE/AHMEDNAGAR: The mechanised forces can never be extinct, said Maj Gen S Jha, VSM, when asked if the armoured tanks have a future in advanced warfare techniques when it was said decades ago that it would eventually become obsolete.  

He was speaking to media persons in Ahmednagar after a ‘Fire Power and Manoeuvre Exercise’ demonstration held at KK Field Ranges near Ahmednagar on Monday organised by the Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) and the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre (MIRC). Jha is the Commandant of ACC&S. 

“Even in hybrid warfare fought in Middle-East, it is fought with tanks. Lethality of firepower of the enemy or a terrorist-infiltrated area is continuously increasing and you need a protected way of approaching and neutralising them,” Jha said. 

“The only force that can give you this protection is the mechanised forces because you are armoured protected. It can never die down,” he said, referring to the relevance of the tanks corp in today’s warfare. 

When asked how the armoured corps of Indian Army matches up against that of Pakistan, Jha said, “Though we have same shelling tanks like Pakistan, our combat forces are more confident than them.”

The demonstration showcased the mechanised forces’ capabilities and operational preparedness. Tanks and Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs) demonstrated their accurate firepower.  The main attraction was the lethal T-90 tanks, T-72 Ajeya, T-90 Bhishma, MBT Arjun and attack helicopters.

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