|Future battlefields in the 21st century will continue to be
dominated by conventional armaments and the outcome of armed conflicts will be largely
decided by the level of advanced high technologies and resultant enhancement and
performance capabilities of the conventional weapons and munitions.
It is envisaged that conventional armaments would go through a radical
metamorphosis resulting from the convergence and synergy of enhancements in the above
three thrust areas together with revolutionary advances in C4I2SR
(Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Information, Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance) technologies, artificial intelligence, sensors, mechatronics and
microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), all leading to a new generation of weapon systems
incorporating these 'Force Multiplier' technologies, in both launch platforms and
munitions, with varying degree of intelligence autonomy and super precision strike
capabilities at extended ranges. Such systems together with advanced battle management
systems with near real-time situational awareness, would enable field commanders and units
to complete their combat missions irrespective of weather, terrain or visibility
conditions and constraints, and gain total dominance of the battle space. In fact,
conventional armaments are going through a new 'Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA)'
phase in which advanced technologies have become the drivers and enabling mechanisms.
This special issue of Technology Focus attempts to focus on high energy
materials, new technologies in propulsion systems, evaluation techniques of armaments and
global trends in the field of armaments.
Dr Sudershan Kumar Salwan