The Indian Army created a quantum laboratory at Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE) in Mhow, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, according to a press statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The officials said that the Army has set up a quantum computing laboratory and a centre for artificial intelligence (AI) at the institute. Officials expect that the two centers will carry out research in how the armed forces can use developing transformative technologies, such as quantum.
“The Army, with support from the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), has recently established the Quantum Lab at Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow to spearhead research and training in this key developing field,” the Defence Ministry said.
Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane visited the facility during a recent trip to Mhow.
“Indian Army has also established an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre at the same institution with over 140 deployments in forward areas and active support of industry and academia,” the ministry said in a statement.
Quantum computing and quantum communication approaches offer significant military advantages, such as ultra-secure communications and GPS-less navigation. Many countries are investing in research into these technological advances.