India and Japan will work together to introduce artificial intelligence and robotics in the defense sector by the end of January. Kentaro Sonoura, national security adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said, “You should expect to see increased bilateral cooperation to develop unmanned ground vehicles and robotics.”
The Center for Artificial Intelligence, India’s leading lab that works on AI, has been working on robotics since last year and it said that it will equip India’s armed forces with a host of robots that can work as a part of any team, much like the soldiers.
Japan is aiming for a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” This was a coming together of Japan’s Indo-Pacific policy and India’s Act East policy. “We need to share the importance of rule of law and freedom of navigation among related countries. The next step is infrastructure development based on global standards, so that connectivity among countries is increased. The third step would be maritime law enforcement and disaster management that would ensure the stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.