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Defence Ministry works on AI-based solutions

Armed Forces’ AI projects progressing


Armed Forces’ AI projects progressing



The Defence Ministry has started working on the Artificial Intelligence based solutions for signal intelligence to enhance intelligence collation and analysis capabilities to the Armed Forces.

The total cost of the project is Rs.73.9 crore, Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply Lok Sabha on 2 Jan 2019.

This project is undertaken by Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics (CAIR), a DRDO based laboratory, for preparing Indian defence forces for use of Artificial Intelligence.

Another project, Energy Harvesting Based Infrared Sensor Network for Automated Human Intrusion Detection (EYESIRa), is partially based on the principles of IoT. It has been sanctioned for Rs.1.8 crore.

AI-based tools are being developed for the defence forces 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, he said.

The projects are part of the Task Force on Strategic Implementation of Artificial Intelligence for National Security and Defence.

It is to study the whole gamut of issues on the implications of AI on National security and defence needs.

The Task Force has members from the Government, Defence Services, Academia, Industry Professionals, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Start-ups.

The Task Force, constituted in February 2018, has studied research and innovation in AI and outlined its adoption in defence sector including future roadmap on how to integrate and embed AI strategy with core defence strategy.

Additionally, the Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories have been assigned a roadmap for developing AI enabled products, he said.

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