The Print, a national media agency in India, reports that the Indian Army has inducted two fleets of swarm drones developed by NewSpace Research and Technology, run by former Indian Air Force officer Sameer Joshi, and Raphe mPhibr Private Limited. India Today reports that the press release by the army said swarm drones are needed ‘to provide tactical commanders with a force multiplier capable of providing surveillance inputs, undertaking close recce of a particular area to confirm inputs received from other ISR resources, engage varied targets like vehicles, artillery and air defence equipment, enemy command and control centers and opportunities.’ It further stated that ‘the AI-based Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) feature enables the drones to automatically recognise targets line tanks, gun, vehicles and humans and display them on the control station screen, thus minimising chances of the operator missing any target and also facilitating engagement by a suitable type of weapon platform.’
There have been numerous recent reports of Indian investments in artificial intelligence for defence. India does not support the negotiation of a new international law on the development and use of autonomous weapon systems.
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