NEW DELHI: Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, Indian Air Force recently said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) for air warriors includes the concepts of innovation, area of application and eminent need to do it.

Addressing the FICCI e-Symposium on AI for Air Warriors, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, said that Air Forces have been the lead consumers of all the advanced innovations before they get proliferated to other areas. “In any case, the past few years, we have seen an advancement of modern innovations within the non-military space that in the long run got adjusted by the fighting forces. AI is one of them that has seen exponential growth and appropriateness in the commercial sector and having realised its extraordinary potential, militaries over the world are racing to grasp it. In the aviation space today, AI can bring gigantic changes in the way air wars are battled.”

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria added that right now AI has not developed to an extent where totally autonomous missions can be executed. There are different applications wherein AI can be utilized more broadly for enhancing discussion operations and compressing the OODA (observe-orient-decide-act) circle at the starting process inefficiency.

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The Air Chief Marshal elaborated that AI is being developed in multiple areas in the air domain to accrue diverse and asymmetrical operations benefits. “However, there is a need to address some questions to this effect- whether algorithms can be trained to effectively execute mission planning behaviours in unpredictable scenarios; can machines be taught combat strategies; could sufficiently generalised representations be built to capture the richness of the planning problem itself across the threat matrix. The answer to these questions will help us firm up our requirement specifications that will essentially be a starting document vis-a-vis the expected outcomes. If we tend to utilise AI heavily in combat aviation, we may need to redefine or even abandon certain traditional principles,” he added.

Admiral RK Dhowan, Former Chief of Naval Staff, Chairperson, Society for Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Studies (SAMDeS) said that the aim is to empower air warriors to fight and win the wars of the future by leveraging on AI. “It is our endeavour to examine how we can leverage AI in various operations of the Air Force that could be related to combat air operations, autonomous airspace management, combat search and rescue missions or sensor to shooter integration,” he added.

On AI as a critical component for modern warfare, Admiral Dhowan said that military systems that are equipped with AI have the capability to handle a large amount of data in an efficient manner. AI, therefore, directly impacts and helps in promoting exponential capacity, capability, and competence among air warriors. “Another area where AI is gaining prominence and emerging as a force multiplier is the target recognition and targeting capability.”