Rajnath Singh launches 75 new AI-based defense products

Jul 12, 2022 05:36 STI

New Delhi [India]Jul 12 (ANI): Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh launched 75 newly developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies at the first-ever “AI in Defence” (AIDef) Symposium and Exhibition, hosted by the Ministry of Defense in New Delhi on Monday.
The products, launched as part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations, fall under various fields. These include AI platform automation; Autonomous/unmanned/robotic systems; Blockchain-based automation; Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; cyber security; human behavior analysis; intelligent monitoring systems; Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems; Logistics and supply chain management, operational data analysis; manufacturing and maintenance; Speech/voice simulators/testing equipment and analysis using natural language processing, a government statement said.
Three AI products developed by DPSUs have dual-use applications and good market potential, namely AI-enabled voice transcription or analysis software developed by Bharat Electronics Limited; The driver fatigue monitoring system developed by Bharat Earth Movers Limited and the AI ​​evaluation of welding defects in X-ray non-destructive testing developed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers were reviewed during the event. These products are expected to open up new business avenues for defense power supplies.
The Raksha Mantri has released the physical and electronic version of the book containing the details of these 75 products, showcasing the collective efforts of the services, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), industry companies defense public (DPSU), iDEX Start-ups and private industry over the last four years in the field of AI.
Appreciating the efforts, Rajnath Singh in his speech described AI as a revolutionary step in the development of mankind; proof that the human being is the most evolved creature in the universe.
Rajnath Singh pointed out that AI has made inroads in almost every sector, including defence, health and medicine, agriculture, commerce and transportation. He called on all defense actors to strengthen the solidarity of human consciousness and the ability of AI to bring about step change in the sector.
“When there has been full human participation in wars, new autonomous weapons/systems have been developed using AI applications. They can destroy enemy establishments without human control. “AIs are able to process large amounts of data efficiently. This is also proving to be very useful for training soldiers. In the coming times, augmented and virtual reality technologies will also be used effectively,” he said. declared.
The Raksha Mantri appreciated that the MoD, Armed Forces, DRDO, DPSUs and industry are making significant efforts to deliver innovative and homegrown AI solutions for defense and developing futuristic technologies.
He reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to develop AI-based and AI-led applications to deliver social welfare and national security and make India a “global hub for AI”.
He hopes that India will soon be among the leading countries in the field of AI.
The Minister of Defense claimed that weapons or systems are being developed, keeping in mind the crucial role that AI can play in future wars.
“We have started integrating AI applications into critically important unmanned, unmanned aerial vehicles, etc. so that we are not left behind by the technology curve and are able to make the most of leveraging technology for our services,” he said.

The Raksha Mantri added that several MoUs have been signed with the industry for faster promotion of AI applications in services. Many AI-related challenges under the Innovations for Defense Excellence (iDEX) initiatives have also been addressed. The challenges fall into a variety of areas, including radio frequency spectrum management, underwater domain awareness, satellite imagery analysis, and the identify friend or foe system. He urged industry and start-ups to explore new avenues and work hand in hand with the government to ensure full autonomy in the field of AI technology.
“Russia is a technologically advanced country and is continuously advancing in the field of science and technology. Regarding AI, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “Whoever becomes the leader in this field will become the master of AI. world”. Although India believes in the principle of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one family) and does not intend to rule the world, we must develop the capacity of our AI technology so that no country can even think of governing us,” Rajnath Singh said.
Impressive on the important role that academia can play in strengthening the defense sector, the Raksha Mantri said that the research platforms of the MoD, DRDO and DPSUs are supporting various institutes in pursuing cutting-edge research. on AI. He added that efforts are being made by DRDO to make progress in the field of AI through Technology Development Fund projects and “Dare to Dream” competitions. Several defence, industry and academia centers of excellence have been established across the country and AI figures prominently in the charters of many of them, he said.
“Our country is full of science and technology-educated young people who have innovative minds and a desire to contribute to nation-building. In such a situation, we will move towards meeting the technological needs of our nation as well as of the world in times to come. Although the mandate of the MoD organizations will be to develop futuristic technologies for the armed forces, its perquisites will also be available to civilians,” said Rajnath Singh.
The Raksha Mantri emphasized the need to think about humanity and world peace as well as one’s own defense and security.
“It is necessary to think about the ethics of AI and its potential dangers at an early stage. Whenever a new technology is introduced, it takes time for society to adapt to it. In this period transition, a difficult situation sometimes arises. Since AI is a technology that brings massive change, we must be prepared in advance for all legal, ethical, political and economic challenges. We must consider the future of AI with a positive attitude, but also stay prepared. We must use this technology for the welfare, development and peace of humanity. We must work to ensure its democratic use,” he said. .
Delivering the welcome speech, Secretary of Defense Dr. Ajay Kumar stressed the need to encourage the use of AI in defence, reiterating the commitment of the Ministry of Defense to make every effort in this sense to ensure that the armed forces are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. He said a task force was created in 2018 for the strategic integration of AI in defense and submitted its recommendations within three months.
These recommendations were implemented through the Defense AI Council, led by the Raksha Mantri. Dr. Ajay Kumar commended the proactive efforts of the Tri-Services, DRDO, DPSUs and industry to develop these 75 products and help strengthen national security. He added that more than 100 other projects are in various stages of development.
Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt, Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, Secretary, Department of Defense R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, other senior civilian and military officials from the Ministry of Defence, envoys from foreign countries, representatives of institutes from research, academia and industry as well as students were present on occasion.
In line with the Ministry of Defence’s vision to achieve defense exports of Rs 35,000 crore by 2025 and boost domestic industry, ‘Raksha Niryat Ratna’ awards have been presented to Bharat Electronics Limited from the public sector and Indo-MIM from the private sector. sector for achieving the highest defense exports in recent years.
The top three students of the “GenNext AI” solution competition, which was organized to get innovative and brilliant ideas on futuristic AI solutions, were also praised by the Raksha Mantri.
In order to stimulate new ideas in the field of AI in Defense, three-panel discussions were also organized with the active participation of Services, universities, students, research organizations and industry.
An exhibition was also organised, providing a unique opportunity for innovators to showcase their cutting-edge capabilities, products and technologies. (ANI)

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