Bengaluru: In the backdrop of changing character of future warfare, Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane has said that his force is steadily consolidating its structures and capabilities towards winning wars of the future. 

Speaking at the CLAWS-Army webinar on multi-domain operations and the future of warfare, General Naravane, "We have seen how disruptive technologies are now driving doctrinal cycles like never before. It may not be inaccurate, therefore, to infer, that technology itself is steadily emerging as a core combat capability."

In the face of emerging battlefield challenges in newer domains, the chief said, "We have seen how the very imaginative and offensive use of drones in Idlib and then in Armenia-Azerbaijan, challenged the traditional prima donnas: the tanks, the artillery and the dug-in infantry." 

The Main Battle Tanks, fighter aircraft and large surface combatants used to be the mainstay of warfare, earlier. 

Signalling that India is also enhancing its capabilities in drone warfare, General Naravane referred to Indian Army showcasing swarm drone offensive striking multiple targets during this year's Army Day parade on January 15.

Sending a stern message to India's adversaries, the chief said, "The Indian Army is steadily inducting niche capabilities to enhance our combat proficiencies in Multi-Domain Operations."

He said swarm drones can overwhelm and effectively suppress an enemy's air defence capability, creating windows of opportunities for strike elements. 

"It is also no longer necessary to score a physical hit to destroy a target. Offensive capabilities in the digital domain can effectively neutralise satellites and networks, denying them at a critical juncture to decisively alter the course of the conflict," the army chief added.

During the webinar, he emphasised that combat is no longer confined to the traditional domains, but is expanding steadily to the newer domains of cyber, space, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the digital spaces. 

"In order to win future wars, mere mastery of the traditional domains of Land, Sea and Air will no longer suffice," he added.

The need to develop proficiencies and skills to prevail in the 'strategic competition' is of utmost importance. "We need to shed the classical war and peace disposition and enhance cross-governmental fusion in order to win aggressively in the competitive space."