Indian defence forces to use Artificial Intelligence

Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Jan 3, 2019
The ministry of defence has initiated the process of preparing the Indian defence forces for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).


To study the implications of AI on the national security and defence needs, a multi-stakeholder Task Force on Strategic Implementation of AI for National Security and Defence represented by members from the government, defence services, academia, industry, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and startups was constituted in February 2018.


The Task Force has outlined its adoption in the defence sector including future roadmap to integrate and embed AI strategy with core defence strategy. In addition, the DPSU and ordnance factories have been assigned a roadmap for developing AI enabled products.


AI based tools would aid the forces constructively in areas such as decision support, sensor data analysis, predictive maintenance, situational awareness, accurate data extraction, security etc. These tools will assist defence personnel in better operations, maintenance and logistics support.


The funds are allocated for projects on case to case basis. Some of these projects are as: –
• A project has been sanctioned to Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics (CAIR), a DRDO lab, to develop AI based solutions for signal intelligence to enhance intelligence collation and analysis capabilities to the armed forces. The total cost of the project is Rs74 crore.
• A project named, Energy Harvesting Based Infrared Sensor Network for Automated Human Intrusion Detection, which is partially based on the principles of Internet of Things (IoT), has been sanctioned for Rs1.80 crore.

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