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cheap air force More tech savvy junior officers understand the importance of the BMS which will provide frontline combat soldiers with a real time tactical picture of the battlefield to help them deal with the ‘fog of war’. cheap air force

The success of the United States army in the Gulf War I in 1991 when Saddam Hussein’s well armed and battle hardened Iraqi army folded in less than 96 hours amply demonstrated the power of a networked force.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s decision whether to kill the BMS ‘Make’ project or nurture it will be a revealing indicator of her commitment to building real indigenous capability in defence.

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cheap jordans on sale A BMS is a ‘force multiplier’ that uses information and communications technology to enhance the effectiveness of the field force and the weapons they operate. cheap jordans on sale

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It chooses the fastest route by ‘crowd sourcing’ traffic conditions, with user inputs updating this dynamic element in real time. This allows for the most efficient use of the road.

Extrapolating this cheap and commonsensical solution to the battlefield, the ‘crowd sourcing’ of inputs from friendly elements on the battlefield soldiers, weapons systems or surveillance devices that form a part of one’s own force builds up a common operating picture of the battlefield that is updated in real time.

The ‘battlefield transparency’ this creates enables soldiers and combat commanders to react to emerging situations faster than the enemy.

Network centricity is all about being faster on the OODA loop the action sequence of Observe, Orient, Decide, Act than the adversary.

In non military www.umjordanshoes.com terms this means being quicker in picking up and identifying the enemy, deciding how and with what weapons to engage him, cheap jordans for sale and then actually doing so.

cheap jordans shoes cheap jordans on sale A strong BMS system that provides battlefield transparency, and enables the immediate use of firepower and manpower, creates greater combat effect than expensive tanks, guns or fighter aircraft that are unable to use their capabilities to full effect. cheap jordans shoes

cheap jordans for sale Although Cheap jordans creating a BMS combat network would be cheaper than buying weapons platforms, it still requires the expenditure of significant sums. cheap jordans on sale cheap jordans for sale

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Cheap jordans Today, the combined cost quoted by the two ‘development agencies’ one, a consortium of Tata Power (Strategic Engineering Division) and Larsen Toubro; the other between Bharat Electronics Ltd and Rolta India is a more realistic Rs 5,000 crore (Rs 50 billion). Cheap jordans

This would be paid out over five years, but the army is unwilling to earmark even Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion) per year for this revolutionary project which would harness India’s demonstrated skills in information technology.

Given the range of technologies that it would galvanise, the BMS would be not just a ‘force multiplier’ for the military but equally for the ICT economy.

Why does developing two BMS prototypes cost so much?

The cheap jordan sneakers other ICT based networks the army is developing such as the ‘artillery command, control and communications system’ which integrates fire support from artillery guns; or the ‘battlefield surveillance system’ that integrates surveillance systems are basically software systems.

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