AI, hybrid warfare, high-speed weapons genuine threats: Defence Minister Rajnath

New Delhi: Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh addressed a seminar titled ‘Air Power in No War No Peace Scenario’ organised by the Centre for Air Power Studies on the first anniversary of Balakot airstrikes, here today.

Singh termed hybrid warfare a reality, saying that a mix of kinetic and non-kinetic tools is a genuine threat. He emphasised the need to reorient the training of soldiers to meet the challenges posed by hybrid warfare, assuring government support in this regard.

Referring to various aspects of hybrid warfare, namely expanding battle space, time compression and technology infusion, he said, “In such a scenario, artificial intelligence, high-speed weapons and space-based sensors & tools will have a significant impact.” He stressed the need to imbibe new technologies and use existing capabilities in innovative ways.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, lauded the political leadership for equipping the Indian Air Force with latest technology in recent times. “We had an edge over Pakistan Air Force in terms of Beyond Visual Range Missile capability at the time of Kargil. We allowed that to slip and thereafter it took a decade and a half in our struggle to acquire better capabilities,” he said. He also stressed the need for development of indigenous technologies.

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