During an interactive session at the Indian Economic Conclave, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that India is being able to keep pace with infrastructure development by its adversary along the northern frontier and it should be able to achieve its targets in the next three to four years.
He also said that the government has been majorly focusing on the development of infrastructure along the northern border in the last four-five years and the time is not far when India should be able to catch up with the neighbouring country.
On being asked about increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indian Ocean, he said, “India will automatically get support from nations which are also using the Indian Ocean for trade and other issues. I do not think we need to get completely overwhelmed by what the Chinese are doing.” He also stated that India needs to develop various islands like Andaman and Nicobar as “islands of resistance” so that the adversaries can be kept away.
General Rawat also spoke about military modernisation referring to the proposed integrated air defence command that he said is going to control the uses of the airspace. He also emphasised the need for creating separate integrated theatre commands for the northern and western fronts. He also said that the military too needs to adapt to challenging times and transform its concepts and techniques of warfighting, and added that shifting focus to technology is very important to prepare for the future.