India and Japan seems to have taken their friendship to a whole new level. The nations are reportedly starting to co-operate on advanced defence systems.
As reported by ToI, India and Japan will work together to introduce advanced systems like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to modern combat scenarios.
The move follows the successful ratification of Indo-Japan Civil Nuclear deal by the Japanese parliament. As per Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura,“You should expect to see increased bilateral cooperation between us to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and robotics.” on his interview to ToI.
The project was possibly inked during PM Modi’s and Shinzo Abe’s meet ups recently. As per reports, both nations have started working on the project with agencies of respective nations undertaking background research.
“The aim is to equip our armed forces with systems that are self-reliant, adaptable and fault-tolerant,” an unnamed source from DRDO’s Center for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR) told the International Business Times.
The move is expected to be in retaliation to China’s growing presence in the region. Japan bears the grunt of China in the South China Sea and India at North-East corridor. With increasing incursions of Chinese troops into Indian soil, modernization of Indian military would be a huge morale booster.
This is indeed a very welcomed move from Indian authorities, for realizing the importance of integrating advanced systems to modern combat situations giving the future soldiers the necessary upper hand against their enemies.