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India launching Project WARDEC AI-powered wargame centre

The Army Training Command and Gandhinagar-based Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a Wargame Research and Development Centre in New Delhi. The project, dubbed ‘WARDEC’ as a prototype, will be India’s first simulation-based training centre, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to create virtual reality wargames.

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KEY POINTS:

  • Soldiers will put their talents to the test in the metaverse, which will combine virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to imitate their surroundings .
  • The Army plans to use the gaming centre to teach military strategy to its officers.
  • The Army will give data to form the backdrop of the game, according to RRU officials, so that participants have a genuine experience.
  • The BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, and SSB, in addition to the armed forces, might benefit from metaverse-enabled simulation exercises for enhanced training.
  • AI can deliver a completely immersive training experience by simulating a battlefield as closely as possible and mapping multiple scenarios in the unlikely case of a war.
  • Since the 9/11 attacks, numerous governments, including the United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom, have preferred to employ information technology-enabled wargaming to prepare for terror attacks or war.
  • Several international leaders, including former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former US President Barack Obama, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, played a war simulation game about how to react in the event of a nuclear strike during the Hague Summit in March 2014. The imaginary country of Brinia was the target of the nuclear strike in that instance.

Wargame Centre Purpose:

  • The Army will employ the Wargame Research and Development Centre to train soldiers and test plans using “metaverse-enabled gameplay.”
  • The wargame simulations will be used to train for conflicts, counter-terrorist operations, and counter-insurgency operations.
  • According to RRU insiders familiar with the situation, the centre will be built in a military zone in New Delhi.
  • In the next three to four months, the RRU will collaborate with Tech Mahindra to develop the centre.
  • The RRU is a national security and policing institute under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • It is a “institution of national importance,” as defined by an Act of Parliament, and is located in Gandhinagar’s Lavad village.

A team from the RRU will shortly travel to Delhi to obtain all of the information needed to begin work from the Army. Faculty members from RRU’s School of Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security have been assigned the assignment.

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