Context: Recently the Army Chief told officers on a visit to the South Western Command that ‘Integrated Battle Groups’ as part of the overall force transformation, will soon be operational.
More about the news:
- The Army chief has also advised optimization of funds allotted under defence Budget in view of the economic constraints due to COVID-19.
- It is also advised that the funds should be utilized judiciously giving the highest priority to operational needs.
Integrated Battle Groups(IBG)
- They are brigade-sized agile self-sufficient combat formations which can swiftly launch strikes against adversaries.
- Each Integrated Battle Group(IBG)would be tailor-made based on Threat, Terrain, and Task.
- The resources to IBGs will also be allotted based on the above three Ts.
- Each IBG will be headed by a Major General and comprise around 5,000 troops.
- IBG comprises a mix of infantry, artillery, air defence, tanks and logistics unit.
Rationale for creation
- IBGs will ensure better integration and self-sufficiency as compared to existing formations, allowing it to strike harder and quicker across the border.
- It is being created as part of a far-reaching revamp of the Indian military’s warfighting capability.
- Integrated Battle Groups(IBG) will be able to mobilize within 12-48 hours based on the location.
- Indian Army has decided to raise the IBGs along the borders with China and Pakistan that will help it carry out swift strikes in case of a war.
Indian Army has recently carried out the “Him Vijay” exercise in Arunachal Pradesh primarily to test the effectiveness of the IBGs in mountain combat exercise.