India Wants AI Weapon Systems Before The Next War

Taking a tip from global superpowers like U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia, who are actively modernizing their militaries with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to develop the next-generation of autonomous weapon systems for the modern battlefield.

The Narendra Modi led-government of India has begun to incorporate AI into its armed forces to improve its operational readiness. So far, the government has formed an AI task force and unleashed a variety of unmanned tanks, flying vehicles, and robotic weapon systems before the next military conflict.

India has developed the Muntra, India’s first unmanned tank for the Army. (Source: The Times of India) 

Defense Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) robot and weapon detectors. (Source: DRDO) 

Indian Airforce’s HAROP TP Drone. (Source: Security Watch India) 

According to The Times of India, the modernization effort by the Modi led-government is part of a broader political action to prepare the Army, Navy, and the Air Force for the next generation of wars between China and or Pakistan.

“The use of AI would add more teeth to the country’s military setup, and it would be a big area considering the requirements of future warfare,” Secretary in Department of Defence Production Ajay Kumar, said in a statement.

“China in 2017 came out with its roadmap defining that by 2030 they should be the leading AI power in the world. For the first time, all stakeholders, defense forces, the IT industry, startups, academia, defense PSUs will define the roadmap.

AI is going to be a part of all the military strategy in the future. The man can get tired and bored. Machines will not get tired and bored. Machines can sustain in advanced and dangerous situations. All these advantages are creating a situation where we are going to increasingly see AI in our country’s defense setup.” Kumar added.

Kumar further said a high-powered task force under the chairmanship of Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran was “finalizing the specifics and framework of the project, which would be implemented in a partnership model between the armed forces and the private sector.”

The task force will include the national cybersecurity coordinator Gulshan Rai, leading academic professors, as well as top generals and officials from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Atomic Energy Commission.

The task force will make recommendations on how to make India a significant power in AI, in terms of both offensive and defensive needs, especially in aviation, naval, land systems, cyber, nuclear and biological warfare arenas. Initial tenders or RFIs (requests for information) will be floated over the next two years on dual-use AI capabilities,” said a military source.

Like U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia, India has also begun production on embedding AI into its military war machines. Kumar added, “unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned naval vessels, unmanned tanks and automatic robotic rifles as weapon systems will have an extensive use in future wars.”

The military source said the deployment of AI in the surveillance of India’s borders with China and Pakistan could give troops the upper hand in defending critical borderlands.

Kumar concluded, “AI is going to be a very big concept in the coming years. Major countries of the world are now working on strategies to see how AI can be used for defense forces. We are also moving ahead. What is unique about this initiative is that we have industry and defense forces working jointly.”

As the world advances towards a war cycle, global superpowers are ramping up production of artificially intelligence-driven killing machines before it begins. It seems as India has caught wind of the coming war cycle and has aggressively taken the necessary steps to prepare their defense forces for a possible war with China and or Pakistan.


Aubiekong Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:43 Permalink

Stupid India, the need spears, to arm a few million of their people to then send into battle so they get killed and reduce their over population.

RopeADope Aubiekong Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:22 Permalink

It is more like 20 million extra males of fighting age in India running around gang raping the females. China has similar numbers of extra males that go around kidnapping females for wives. If they did develop battlefield AI they would each no longer be able to put those 20 million in armies and resolve their gender imbalances.

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Cautiously Pes… Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:43 Permalink

Well, of course they do.  Heck, every country needs to acquire the best weapon systems possible and then we can all meet up on the plains of Megiddo and get it over with. 

JimmyRainbow Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:53 Permalink

a friend did his hippie travel to india and nepal

found it always impressive that he told us the soldiers there masturbate in the streets

so i have an idea why they want AI there

DoctorFix Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:07 Permalink

If only they'd develop AI to clean up the shitty living conditions there.  Seems they're more concerned with killing each other and their Paki neighbors than making life worth living.  I should care but really I don't... if they want to turn their subcontinent to glass then so much the better for everyone else.  There will be a hiccup in finding new call centers or future hotel scammers.

moobra Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:07 Permalink

When India can build a workable smart phone, a building that hasn't had 50% of the steel reinforcement sold off by corruption, a military without a tutti fruity mix of British, US, Russian, Italian, Chinese, South African platforms (ever heard of integration and conformity?) because of kick backs and just a road system for 1.3 billion people, then i would believe an AI tank.


And anyway all their best AI people are working for google on cheap work visas. Did I say globalisation and diversity enough times?

brooklinite8 moobra Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:04 Permalink

Talking about corruption, Are you saying we here in the USA have very trust worthy agencies in DC (CIA, NSA, FBI, FDA). I think there are some where around 150 agencies in DC. Most of them are corrupt to the core. I can give you data on drug prices, bank scams, middle east freedom scams... Let's not go there. Actually the worst part is we pay for these folks in DC. Most Indians pay little to no taxes. So corruption is more like taxes. I hope it makes sense. City, state and federal taxes per capita are not any where close to percapita corruption tax that Indians pay even when 1.4 billion no is scaled down to 330 million people.

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83_vf_1100_c Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:07 Permalink

  Seems to me that a country that has more people than they can feed or house properly does not really need to invest in AI. Throw a Hindu body or 2 million of them at the enemy and call it a done deal.

I am Groot Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:17 Permalink

This country confuses the fuck outta me. They have some of the sharpest IT guys in the world. They have sent rockets and satellites into space. They invented the concept of 0 and integral calculus. They have designed Ferrari's and hypersonic missiles. Why cant the motherfuckers built more toilets and roads there !

Trying to travel 2 miles from point A to point B takes hours in most places. And the entire country smells like ass from people just pissing and shitting in the street. It's like San Francisco on steroids with the homeless problem. Get it together people before you start building killer robots. Or at least build an AI robot that can wipe your asses first !

P.S. Curry is a spice, not a deodorant !