Indian army integrates AI for soldier mobility & battlefield awareness

Date: March 12, 2024. — The Indian Army is actively developing its capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous combat vehicles, and robotic surveillance platforms. According to a recent report, Army Chief, General Manoj Pande has outlined a comprehensive AI roadmap for the next 20 to 25 years, focusing on enhancing the army’s ‘mobility and protection’. The initiatives include projects like robotic surveillance platforms, autonomous combat vehicles, and manned-unmanned teaming solutions.

General Pande mentioned that the army is working on various AI projects such as natural language processing, facial recognition, vehicle tracking, and satellite imagery analysis. A significant tri-services project is also underway to develop a high-powered computing AI cloud. Additionally, the Indian Army is exploring the potential of 5G communications in training and operations.

The Army is actively working on robotic surveillance platforms that can continuously monitor border areas and strategic locations. This technology has the potential to reduce the need for soldiers to be deployed in high-risk situations.

The modernization efforts are part of the Indian Army’s transformation roadmap, which aims to find the right balance between vintage, current, and state-of-the-art systems. The goal is to substantially scale up the ratio of modern equipment by 2030, adhering to the ‘aatmanirbharta’ (self-reliance) capability development roadmap.

While the Army Chief is optimistic about the integration of modern technology, he also acknowledged that replacing all vintage platforms at once is neither feasible nor desirable. Therefore, the approach will be gradual, ensuring a smooth transition to more advanced and capable systems.

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