Indian Army’s Quantum Laboratory at Mhow (MP)

The Indian Army recently established the “Quantum Laboratory” at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, highlighting its steady and significant strides in emerging technology domains.

Key Facts

  • The Quantum Laboratory was established with the help of National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS).
  • It was established at Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE) in Mhow with the objective of spearheading research and training in the key developing field.
  • The Army has also established an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre at the MCTE, by making more than 140 deployments in forward areas and with active support of academia and industry.
  • Training on cyber warfare is being given through cyber security labs and state of art cyber range.

Background

Idea of Army’s involvement in Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations was put forward during a seminar on Electromagnetic Spectrum & National Security, which was organised in October 2020. Since then, thrust has been given to Technology Institutions of Indian Army, for investing in AI, Quantum and Cyber.

Significance of the Move

Indian Army’s research in the field of Quantum Technology will help in leapfrogging into next generation communication and transforming the current system of cryptography in Indian Armed Forces to Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC). Key thrust areas include Quantum Computing, Quantum Key Distribution, Quantum Communication, and Post Quantum Cryptography.

National Security Council (NSC)

NSC is an executive government agency, that advises Prime Minister’s Office on matters related to national security and strategic interest. It was established by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998. The first National Security Advisor was Brajesh Mishra.

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