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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced on Saturday that women will not be recruited for any combat operations in armed forces due to the fear of their safety. However they would be encouraged to join other operational areas of their choices.

Talking about the heinous possibilities of torture they might suffer, if held captive by the counter forces, he added that, “No. Think of what can happen if a woman is taken as a prisoner in combat operation.”

“Barring combat role, we are increasing the participation of women in every other activity of the armed forces in a phased manner,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the 128th course at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.

Addressing the issue of the shortage of officers in the defence forces, Parrikar said, “The problem is not as severe as being perceived by the media or in general.”

“Each year, around 800 to 1,000 officers are retiring from the services. The present shortfall of 49,000 officers appears mainly on account of the requirement of the Mountain Brigade, which is yet to be established completely. Otherwise, the (demand-supply) gap has been bridged to some extent,” he added.

According to the information provided by him, three premier institutes, Air, Water and Land forces, will be enhancing the number of candidates from existing 1950 to 2400 in next two years.

Addressing the cadets during the ceremony, he emphasised on the need to stay mentally aware about the changes around the world, including technological advancement and changing strategies of warfare.

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Britain Gets Its First Unmanned Minesweeping System, Announces Minister Guto Bebb

Easily transported by road, sea and air, the high-tech design means a small team could put the system to use within hours of it arriving in any theatre of activity, added Bebb.

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Easily transported by road, sea and air, the high-tech design means a small team could put the system to use within hours of it arriving in any theatre of activity, added Bebb.
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Britain’s Royal Navy has taken delivery of its first unmanned autonomous minesweeping system, Defence Minister Guto Bebb said on Saturday.

Bebb said the system, capable of safely clearing sea lanes of mines, could go on to be used in the future to defeat the threat of modern digital mines following a period of successful trials.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said the system has been designed and manufactured by Atlas Elektronik in Dorset, England, under a $20.3 million contract.

“This autonomous minesweeper takes us a step closer to taking our crews out of danger and allowing us to safely clear sea lanes of explosives, whether that’s supporting trade in global waters and around the British coastline, or protecting our ships and shores,” Xinhua quoted Bebb as saying.

Britain's Royal Navy has taken delivery of its first unmanned autonomous minesweeping system, Defence Minister Guto Bebb said on Saturday.
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Easily transported by road, sea and air, the high-tech design means a small team could put the system to use within hours of it arriving in any theatre of activity, added Bebb.

The sweeper system, which features a sense and avoid capability, could also work together with other similar autonomous systems for the common goal of making our waters safer, said the MOD.

The project, designed to be operated from a land or ship-based control station and can be deployed from a suitable ship or port, also aims to demonstrate the viability of an unmanned system that can safely and successfully clear mines.

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Brigadier Jim Morris from the Royal Marines who is senior responsible officer for the Mine Counter Measures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) programme said: “The mine sweeping system is the Royal Navy’s first fully autonomous capability demonstrator and paves the way for the introduction of this technology across the full range of maritime capabilities.”

“This autonomous system will restore the Royal Navy’s sweep capability, enabling it to tackle modern digital mines that may not otherwise be discovered in challenging mine hunting conditions.” (IANS)