In the years to come, the Indian armed forces will face extensive modernization. The focus continues to be on the capacity building process, which is proceeding on a well-crafted path. Hence, with a view to emerging technologies, the Indian Army is making steady but significant advances when it comes to areas of technology. With due support from the Secretariat of the National Security Council (NSCS), the Army has established the Quantum Lab at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow (MP) MCTE to conduct research and training in this important area of development. Army Headquarters General MM Naravane was briefed on the facility during his recent visit to Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.
It is evident that the future lies in technology and Artificial Intelligence is leading the science of the future worldwide. An initiative by the Indian army has taken the establishment of a center for artificial intelligence (AI) with over 140 missions in the front areas at the same facility with active support from industry and science.
Cyber warfare is also an important topic that is being worked on and developed. In this regard, training was provided by a state-of-the-art cyber offering and cyber security laboratories. Last October, the idea for the army to participate in electromagnetic spectrum operations was developed in a seminar on electromagnetic spectra and national security and since then the Indian Army’s technology institutions have been given impetus to invest in AI, quantum and cyber.
Foreseen skills and obtaining the benefits:
The most powerful computer that works on the principles of quantum mechanics will surpass the super power computers and benefit the Indian armed forces in various fields. The quantum technology research carried out by the Indian Army will help to skip into next generation communications and convert the Indian Armed Forces’ current cryptography system to post-quantum cryptography (PQC). The most important joint areas consist of:
With this initiative on the table, it will be an apt example of the civil-military merger with autonomous India as a key factor. The initiatives have included academic (like IITs), DRDO organizations, research institutes, corporate firms, startups and industrial players to develop advanced solutions.