INTEGRATED BATTLE GROUPS
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The new concept of Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) which the Army plans to create as part of overall force transformation is close to implementation.
- Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) which the Army plans to create as part of overall force transformation is close to implementation.
- IBGs are brigade-sized, agile, self-sufficient combat formations, which can swiftly launch strikes against adversary in case of hostilities.
- The concept of IBGs has already been test-bedded by 9 Corps. They are reorganizing, based on the feedback and will complete restructuring by end-August.
- Each IBG would be tailor-made based on Threat, Terrain and Task and resources will be allotted based on the three Ts. They need to be light so they will be low on logistics.
- They will be able to mobilize within 12-48 hrs based on the location.
- While a command is the largest static formation of the Army spread across a defined geography, a corps is the largest mobile formation.
- Typically, each corps has three divisions and each division has three brigades.
- The idea is to reorganise them into IBGs which are brigade-sized units but have all the essential elements like infantry, armoured, artillery and air defence embedded together based on the three Ts.
- An IBG operating in a desert needs to be constituted differently from an IBG operating in the mountains, the source explained.
- The IBGs will also be defensive and offensive.
- While the offensive IBGs would quickly mobilize and make thrust into enemy territory for strikes, defensive IBGs would hold ground at vulnerable points or where enemy action is expected.
- The composition of the IBGs would also depend on this.
- Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has initiated four major studies to undertake overall transformation of the force.
- These include restructuring of Army Headquarters;
- Force restructuring which includes
- Creation of Integrated Battle Groups (IBG)
- The cadre review of officers
- Review of the terms and conditions of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks. The aim is holistic integration to enhance the operational and functional efficiency, optimise budget expenditure, facilitate force modernisation and address aspiration.
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