Indian Army Invests in Robotics and AI

Lance Cpl. Brandon Dieckmann, infantryman with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and native of Las Vegas, leads the Legged Squad Support System through a grassy area at Kahuku Training Area, July 12, 2014, during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise. The LS3 is experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab during the Advanced Warfighting Experiment. It is programmed to follow an operator through terrain, carrying heavy loads like water and food to Marines training. There are multiple technologies being tested during RIMPAC, the largest maritime exercise in the Pacific region. This year's RIMPAC features 22 countries and around 25,000 people. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan/RELEASED)

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The Indian Army plans to invest in its warfare fleet by introducing integrated battle groups (IBGs), energy weapons, artificial intelligence, robotics and micro-satellite technologies to secure its borders.  

India’s unresolved border issues with China and Pakistan leaves it in a ‘No War, No Peace’ scenario, and the government wants to show it is in the position to retaliate if any attempt is made to alter the status quo.  

The army will take steps to resolve “deliberate transgressions” along the 4,057-km long Line of Actual Control with China to “our advantage with minimum escalation” in consonance with existing agreements and protocols. But there is “a need to be prepared for any escalation”.

The Army’s announced doctrine also outlined that all conventional wars will take place through ‘networked theatre battles’ that involves IBGs, combining the application of land, air and other maritime components, according to timesofindia.com.

The army said that “at the core of our future military planning will be the effective integration of soldiers, AI and robotics into war-fighting systems that exploit existing capabilities for success in battle”, and that IBGs “will be self contained, highly mobile and flexible”, according to a senior official.

“Development of micro satellites, lighter and greater capacity transponders, manoeuvrable and intelligent outer space satellites, with short life spans which can be launched on demand, will be the essential future requirements for the Army,” it adds.