The Quantum Lab and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre have come up in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh

In what can be described as a significant stride in the field of emerging technology domains, the Indian Army has recently established a Quantum Lab to spearhead research and training in this key developing field.

The lab has been established at Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow in Madhya Pradesh with support from the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.

Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane was briefed on the facility during his recent visit to Mhow.

The 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.

"Training on cyber warfare is being imparted through a state of art cyber range, and cyber security labs," the defence ministry said.

Ideation for Army's involvement in Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations was done in a seminar on Electromagnetic Spectrum and National Security organised in October last year. Since then, an impetus has been given to Indian Army’s Technology Institutions for investing in AI, Quantum and Cyber.

According to the defence ministry, research undertaken by Indian Army in the field of Quantum Technology will help leapfrog into next generation communication.

It will also transform the current system of cryptography in the Indian Armed Forces to Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC). Key thrust areas are Quantum Key Distribution, Quantum Communication, Quantum Computing and Post Quantum Cryptography.