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December 30, 2021

Indian Army sets up Quantum Laboratory in Madhya Pradesh

The new laboratory will help the Indian Army with advance research and training in emerging technology domains.

The Indian Army has established the Quantum Laboratory at Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE) in Mhow, in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The new laboratory has been launched to advance research and training in emerging technology domains.

At MCTE, an artificial intelligence (AI) centre has also been set up with more than 140 deployments in forward areas.

According to a press statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), cyber warfare training is being provided through advanced cyber range, and cyber security labs.

In October last year, the ideation of Indian Army’s involvement in Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum Operations had emerged at a seminar organised on EM Spectrum and National Security.

Since then, Indian Army’s technology institutions have been encouraged to invest in AI, quantum and cyber domains.

Indian Army’s research in the field of quantum technology will enable next generation communication.

This research work is expected to transform the existing system of cryptography in the Indian armed forces to post quantum cryptography.

Quantum key distribution, quantum computing, post quantum cryptography and quantum communication will be the key focus areas in the research.

MoD stated: “By undertaking a multi-stakeholder approach incorporating academia (such as IITs), DRDO organisations, research institutes, corporate firms, startups and industry players, this initiative is an apt example of civil military fusion with Atmanirbhar Bharat a key driving factor.”

Aatmanirbhar Bharat is the government’s vision of making India a self-reliant nation.

According to the MoD, progressive fielding of solutions is expected on a priority basis, and timelines-based objectives and funding for the projects have been worked out.

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