The use of artificial intelligence has the ability to dramatically alter the way wars are waged, and the Indian Force has begun researching its applications in a number of fields, including training and threat detection, according to Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Monday. According to the chief of the air staff, his army is also considering the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in data and intelligence fusion, maintenance, and decision support systems.
"These are huge areas of focus for our immediate future," he said at a FICCI seminar on use of AI for air warriors.
Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria also urged the industry to work on developing various military applications of artificial intelligence (AI).
"Smart technologies like AI have the potential to totally change the way we train and fight future wars. We are living through some interesting times," he said.
"It is the right time for all of us, the military operators, the industry, the think-tanks and all the AI specialists for creating next-generation AI enablers for air war," the IAF chief said.
He stated that it was time to plant a "strong tree" for the country's AI development.
At the same time, he mentioned that different nations with different threat perceptions would have different requirements and this would have evolved over a period of time and experience.
"We have already embarked on an AI journey and having gone through some of the important automation projects in the recent past, we have started testing AI and AI- based applications on some projects which are in different stages," he added.
According to the air chief marshal, AI is being developed in multiple areas of the air domain to benefit diverse and asymmetrical operations.
Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria added that AI has not yet matured to the point where fully autonomous missions can be carried out.
"However, there is a need to address some questions to this effect- whether algorithms can be trained to effectively execute mission planning behaviors in unpredictable scenarios; can machines be taught combat strategies; can sufficiently generalized representations be built to capture the richness of the planning problem itself across the threat matrix," he said. "The answer to these questions will help us firm up our requirement specifications that will essentially be a starting document vis-à-vis the expected outcomes. If we tend to utilize AI heavily in combat aviation, we may need to redefine or even abandon certain traditional principles," he added.
The Defense Ministry has been focusing on the application of AI in the three services.
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