Indian Army to join elite list of forces with access to quantum communication technology

India: The Indian Army is expected to have cutting-edge quantum communication technology, joining a select group of countries that have their own quantum technology. The latest technology will provide soldiers with a sophisticated, secure defence system.

The technology was created by QNu Labs, a deep tech start-up with offices in Bengaluru, and will be useful in modern warfare because the Quantum Key Distribution (QDK) system-created communication channel is impenetrable to hackers, according to the defence ministry.

"Between two end points that are separated by a certain distance—in this case, more than 150 km—in a terrestrial optical fibre infrastructure, a QKD system enables the creation of a secret pair of symmetric keys that are quantum-secure. Critical data, voice, and video are encrypted across the end points using the QKD to help create an unhackable quantum channel for doing so "the statement from the ministry.

The Indian Army has started the procurement process for the QKD systems developed by QNu Labs by issuing a commercial Request For Proposal (RFP) following the trials' success, the ministry added.

Encouraged by the developments, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar described the invention of indigenously developed QKD technology as a "milestone achievement" in "Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal" and an appropriate success story of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

The Indian Army, like other highly developed militaries, is actively investigating this technology as a means of fusing a high data density and decision support capability to safely deliver communication to troop leaders at various levels.

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