Indian Army chief Gen. J.J. Singh Friday said IT warfare is the new mantra of the armed forces in their attempts at defending the country from any possible external aggression.
"There is a massive revolution going on in the army set-up with the thrust area being IT, where satellite images can be received on palmtop computers and then relayed to the soldiers on the ground," Singh told reporters in Assam's main city of Guwahati.
"From getting new weapons and hi-tech equipment, including night fighting devices, we will have an army which will be victorious in the next war, if any."
He concluded Friday a two-day visit to the insurgency-hit northeast. His first visit since taking over as the army chief last week was to Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh said the central government was according topmost priority to the army's modernisation plans.
"Our army is well prepared to defend the nation against any external aggression," he said. "We do not have any desire to challenge our neighbours, but if challenged we will come out with flying colours."
The general admitted India was taken by surprise during the Kargil war.
"We were surprised in Kargil, but we recaptured and threw out the aggressors," he added.
Singh said troops had been given strict instructions to avoid civilian casualties while fighting terrorists and militants in the northeastern region and in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Our soldiers will deal with terrorists very firmly but at the same time they will wear a velvet glove while dealing with civilians to avoid collateral damage," the army chief said.
Singh said military-to-military cooperation between India and Myanmar was proceeding positively, with the two countries serious in eliminating northeastern rebels holed up inside Myanmar.
"There is no need for a joint operation right now. But if the situation demands, we will think about it," the army chief said.
At least a dozen separatist groups from India's northeast have bases inside Myanmar from where they carry out hit-and-run guerrilla strikes on soldiers in the region.
"The insurgency situation is fast improving in the northeast and we must ensure the level comes down to a manageable limit," Singh said.