Tech Key to Future Warfare, Says Lt-Gen Ashok Ambre
- Lt Gen Ashok Ambre, the Indian Army’s Quarter Master General, on Wednesday said modern technology and arms are key factors for fighting future wars, particularly in view of the shorter warning periods. Ambre, commanded the first battalion of Maratha Light Infantry (MLI), between 1999-2002, in the North East Region. He was the chief guest at the ceremonial parade organized at the Aundh military station to mark the 250th raising day of the MLI’s battalion ‘Jangi Paltan’.
- Ambre, the senior most serving officer of the ‘Jangi Paltan’, said, “The Indian Army plays a pivotal role in national security, which is why it is essential for the troops to remain contemporary to tackle new and evolving forms of war strategies..”Referring to the MLI battalion, Ambre said that exceptional display of bravery on various fronts of war, made the battalion special over the last two centuries.
- “It is one of the oldest battalions of the Indian Army which has earned battle honours in pre and post-Independence period, for courageously and successfully fighting on various battlefields.
- I consider myself lucky to have served and commanded the unit. It is now the responsibility of the new generation to preserve the ethos and military values of the battalion,” Ambre told TOI on the sidelines of the function.
- He felicitated the ‘Veer Naris’ and family members of 19 soldiers from the battalion who died in various operations including the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak Wars.
- Baburao Petkar (88), the father of soldier Balu, who died in 2001 in an IED blast, told TOI, “Balu got engaged when he had come on a month-long leave. All the preparations, including distributing wedding cards to relatives and nearby villages, were done. After seeing soldiers here, I am missing him today. I am proud of him as he brought the highest honour to our family.”
- A veteran of both the Indo-Pak wars, Dattu Tarte, whose son died in Sri Lanka while fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, said, “It’s a great honour to be a retired member of the Paltan and father of a brave soldier who sacrificed his life for it.”
Source – TOI