Indian Army Sets Sight On Future: Developing AI And Cybersecurity Tech; Can Now Interpret Enemy's Electronic Order Of Battle

Swarajya Staff

Dec 08, 2023, 11:35 AM | Updated 11:35 AM IST

The Indian Army insignia.
The Indian Army insignia.

The Indian Army has successfully developed software to read and analyse the enemy's electronic Order of Battle (ORBAT) and recognise patterns, reported Economic Times.

This will help the army to identify what electronic units the enemy has deployed in a specific theatre of operations.

The army is also working on developing military-grade 5G and 6G telecom applications to meet future warfare requirements and increase overall efficiency.

According to the report, these aim to propel the army into the forefront of critical technological advancements. In addition to telecom applications, the army is also focusing on creating military-grade software, integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) for decision-making and predictive analytics.

This initiative, aimed at bolstering intelligence and operational effectiveness, is being developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

The report revealed that 5G labs have been established by the Indian Army, with the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering in Madhya Pradesh earmarked as a potential test bed for 6G technologies.

"The development of military-grade 5G and 6G applications is being undertaken which meets the future warfare requirements," the report quoting a source stated.

The Military College of Telecommunication Engineering is increasingly becoming a centre for AI research and development. The institution has already produced significant innovations, including the Situational Awareness Module for Army (SAMA) and advanced software for satellite imagery analysis.

The army is also undertaking numerous initiatives to ensure its personnel are up-to-date with the latest digital and cybersecurity advancements.

These include specific training activities like digital video/image and CCTV forensics at the National Science University, Gandhinagar, and joint IT staff training with the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Software tools for reading the enemy's electronic Order of Battle (ORBAT) and pattern recognition, developed by the army, are now operational. These tools are critical in enhancing the army's strategic capabilities.

Cybersecurity is a key focus area for the Indian Army, with its expertise now integrated into the Security Operations Centre 2.0.

This integration represents a major advancement in combating cyber threats and is further supported by the development of state-of-the-art cybersecurity and cyber forensics tools.

Under initiatives like the Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Yojana, the army's logistical infrastructure requirements have been incorporated, ensuring rapid mobilisation and efficient logistics supply using national infrastructure for future conflicts.

In healthcare, the army has undergone a digital transformation with the 'Dhanwantri' software, linking over 110 military hospitals for improved medical services. Remote posts now receive medical services through telemedicine.

The Human Resource Management Suite is effectively managing documentation for the army's large workforce. Additionally, the ASAAN software, developed for the Agniveer programme, has been successfully implemented.

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