Recent Bomb-dropping incident of drones at the Indian Airforce center base in Jammu has shocked the entire nation. After the Incident, The Indian Army Chief, Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, insisted on adapting to artificial intelligence and autonomous systems to preserve safety and security in the borders.
Defense Research and Development Organization of India has over 150 scientists who focus on – AI Robotics, Control systems, NetWorking, and communication secrecy. They have employed a set of robots for surveillance and reconnaissance. The AI market in India is quite strong. India has already engaged a robot called doozy for Tamilnadu Election campaigns in April 2020.
Researchers around the world are continuously working on developing various AI Solutions for the betterment of humanity. AI-based drones with their computer vision are now helping humans with diverse operations. Engineers from the California Institute of Technology have recently developed a Bat Bot with the inspiration of bats.
Recently, a drone dropped two low-intensity improvised explosive devices called (IEDs) at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu. It is a first-drone-based attack in India, and it caused a minor injury to two IAF personnel. This incident has challenged the military radars in detecting the small commercially available drones.
Speaking at the seminar on an online seminar organized by Global Counter-Terrorism Council, Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane said:
“Artificial intelligence is today the modern, holy grail of technology, with far-reaching implications on the nature of geopolitics and geo-strategics. By way of impact and influence, it will exceed the Industrial Revolution by several orders of magnitude.”
He added, “Unfortunately, this has been one of our biggest stumbling blocks. The transition to the Digital Age is contrarian to DPP (Defence Procurement Procedure, now called Defence Acquisition Procedure) & DPM (Defence Procurement Manual) mindsets. In order to harness niche technologies like AI, exploit our depth in IT, and realize the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat we need to shed old mindsets and make our procedures more flexible and adaptive.”
He concluded that “Since World War II, high-tech militaries have been thwarted consistently by low-tech opponents. Thus, there is a need to maintain a balance while infusing technology into our inventory and doctrines.”
He stressed that the easy availability of drones had imposed a dangerous threat on security systems. To resist this, We need advanced technology to detect and track the drones and preserve the integrity of our territory.