Chief of Defence Staff Gen Anil Chauhan on Wednesday called for the incorporation of Human Factors Engineering (HFE) in the defence sector right at the stage of qualitative requirements and designs to make indigenous weapons suitable for soldiers.
He was inaugurating a two-day workshop on ‘Human Factors Engineering in Military Platforms’ in New Delhi. The workshop has been organised by the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), a Delhi-based laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The aim of the workshop is to evolve a policy framework and practices to ensure scientific implementation of HFE in the defence sector, thereby providing an impetus to the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. The HFE is a science concerned with the design of tools and systems by taking into account human capabilities and limitations for safe and effective use.
Gen Chauhan called for creating a synergistic approach and policy framework for the implementation of the HFE through the involvement of Integrated Defence Staff taking into consideration both long-drawn battles and short-duration special operations.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Samir V Kamat highlighted the initiatives taken by DRDO for implementation of the HFE as an integral part of the product development cycle to ensure that the products were developed not only for Indian soldiers but were also available for export. He emphasised that in the age of Artificial Intelligence and system autonomy for defence equipment, the HFE would play an important role.