The Indian Army and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) have joined hands to lead a technological transformation in defence. This collaboration stands at the forefront of progress, introducing advancements such as indigenous 5G solutions, AI-powered tools, and heightened cybersecurity measures. The Indian Army’s 5G laboratories serve as a testing ground for 6G, focusing on developing military-grade applications for both generations to meet the evolving needs of future warfare. Through pioneering projects, comprehensive training initiatives, and digital advancements, this alliance aims to fortify defence capabilities, positioning the Indian Army as a technologically advanced and strategically formidable force on the global stage.
The genesis of this strategic collaboration can be attributed to pivotal discussions between Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, and General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff, as per army sources. Over the past six months, these discussions have evolved into reciprocal visits, laying the groundwork for a defence strategy heavily dependent on technological advancements. Unveiling the ongoing details of the transformative collaboration between the Indian Army and MeitY, the army sources provided clear insights into the contours of this partnership.
Integration of 5G and 6G Technology: Army Takes Strides in Indigenous Solutions
India has taken a significant leap in addressing the requirements of 5G technology on a national scale. The Indian Army has established 5G labs and the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, positioning them as a groundbreaking test bed for 6G. The development of military-grade applications for 5G and 6G is underway, aligning with the demands of future warfare.
Innovative Software Development
A crucial element of this transformation involves the collaborative development of proprietary software by the Indian Army and MeitY. This joint endeavour encompasses the design of sophisticated AI-driven decision-making tools, predictive analytics, and robust cybersecurity measures. Notable accomplishments include creating software tailored for interpreting the Enemy’s Electronic Order of Battle (ORBAT) and innovative platforms like the Situational Awareness Module for the Army (SAMA).
Cutting-Edge Cybersecurity Initiatives
Recognizing the paramount importance of cybersecurity, the Indian Army is undergoing integration with Security Operations Centre 2.0, representing a significant stride in handling cyber threats. The creation of state-of-the-art cybersecurity and cyber forensics tools reinforces this initiative.
Dominance in Artificial Intelligence
The Military College of Telecommunication Engineering has transformed into a centre for advanced AI research and development. Notable highlights include innovations like the Situational Awareness Module for the Army (SAMA) and sophisticated pattern recognition software for satellite imagery analysis.
Digital Infrastructure and Training Initiatives
Collaborative training programs in digital technologies are currently in progress, utilising platforms such as the National Informatics Centre (NIC). These initiatives aim to enhance the skills of Army personnel in the latest digital and cyber practices. Specific training activities include ‘Digital Video/Image and CCTV Forensics’ at the National Science University (Gandhinagar) and joint training for IT staff at the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Cutting-edge Platforms and Digital Transformation
Initiatives such as SRIJAN for transactions, Raksha Bhoomi for digitising land records, and MISO for streamlined inventory management exemplify the Army’s dedication to digital innovation. These software solutions enhance operational efficiency and result in cost savings for the exchequer.
Furthermore, the Army has filed for intellectual property rights (IPR) for over 22 projects selected during Ideas and Innovation Competitions. An MOU has also been established with IIT Delhi to advance further the militarized versions of in-house innovations conducted by Indian Army personnel.
The collaboration between the Indian Army and MeitY and the in-house Ideas and Innovations underscores how technology can be harnessed to strengthen national defence. It boosts the Army’s operational capabilities and aligns with India’s broader Digital India and Make in India initiatives. As these projects advance, the Indian Army is poised to emerge as a technologically advanced and strategically formidable force on the global stage.