The Indian Army, with assistance from the Secretariat of the National Security Council (NSCS), has established a Quantum and Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Military College of Telecommunications Engineering in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh to lead research and training in this key developing area.
The key areas are quantum key distribution, quantum communication, quantum computing and post-quantum cryptography, the force said.
The head of the Indian army, General MM Naravane, visited the facility to take stock of the situation and see the technological research carried out by the laboratories.
The Indian military has set up an artificial intelligence (AI) center in the same institution with more than 140 deployments in advanced areas and active support from industry and academia.
Cyber warfare training is delivered through a state-of-the-art cyber range and cybersecurity labs. The ideation of the military’s involvement in electromagnetic spectrum operations was realized at a seminar on the electromagnetic spectrum and national security held in October last year.
Since then, an impetus has been given to the technological institutions of the Indian military to invest in AI, quantum and cyber.
Research undertaken by the Indian military in the field of quantum technology will make it possible to leap into next-generation communication and transform the current system of cryptography in the Indian armed forces into post-quantum cryptography (PQC).
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By adopting a multi-stakeholder approach incorporating universities (such as IITs), DRDO organizations, research institutes, companies, startups and industry players, this initiative is a good example of civil-military merger with Atmanirbhar Bharat a key factor.
Timeline-based targets with adequate funding have been developed for the projects and the gradual implementation of the solutions in the Indian military is expected on a rapid basis.
(IANS / RP)
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