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  • Context– The new concept of Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) which the Army plans to create as part of overall force transformation is close to implementation,

About IBG:

  • 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.
  • Each IBG would be tailormade 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 mobilise within 12¬48 hrs based on the location.
  • IBGs are battle formations with heavy firepower that will combine infantry, armour, artillery, engineers, logistics and support units to bring together all necessities to fight a war. The first three IBGs to be set up along the Pakistan border will have elements from various formations of the Western Command.
  • Significance:

    • IBGs are expected to be game changers that will alter the way the Indian Army strategises for wars.
    • These specialised groups to ensure better integration and self-sufficiency as compared to the existing formations.
    • During hostilities, the current system requires a brigade to wait to be augmented by various types of units, such as artillery and logistics, which raises its time to mobilise.
    • This won’t be the case with IBGs, which will be self-sufficient and inbuilt with all such units, and hence, easier to mobilise.
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