It is possible to give the defense weapons to be controlled using AI. It involves concept of humans controlling the AI weapons to enhance and increase military tacticians’ creativity and problem-solving skills. It uses the AI and robotics to replace the conventional equipment to fight in the battle. AI with robots are helpful to perform remote surgery, travelling across hazardous terrains, and for surveillance.
The robots in military are used to monitor coastal waters from pirated ships, detecting anti-ships mines in littoral waters,
It is advantageous to some extents like it fires the target more efficiently, errorless and less loss of human life. The AI has emerged in defense sector with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), guided bombs and missiles etc.
India is also not lagging behind in this race. Japan aims to collaborate with India to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and robotics. The move is also aimed at strengthening the geo-political ties between the two countries. CAIR the leading research lab in artificial intelligence for India. CAIR has been working on a project to develop Multi Agent Robotics Framework (MARF). It will equip the armed forces with chain of robots as soldiers do. The Indian army has built wheeled robots with passive suspension, snake robot, legged robot, wall-climbing robot and robot guard.
DAKSH is a robot developed by DRDO, primarily for recovering bombs and also used for locating, handling and destroying hazardous objects safely. It is a fully automated Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) was the first fighting force to deploy semi-autonomous military vehicles, to patrol its approximately 60-kilometer border with the Gaza Strip in 2008. Israeli soldiers have been killed in this area by Hamas fighters, and so the IDF sought to create a fully autonomous UGV force to help keep its personnel out of harm’s way. IDF is planning to equip devices with machine guns and use them to protect its borders with Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. They are also planning to mix their soldier and robotic vehicles. (From Artificial intelligence and the future of defense, the international center for strategic studies).
Israeli contractor Aeronautics Ltd has also produced a range of UAV control systems which allegedly contain AI-algorithms. One of those systems, Aeronautics’ Unmanned Multi-Application System™ (UMAS), is “a software-based package that is designed to provide ‘advanced’ control of a ‘variety’ of manned and unmanned applications. System functions include artificial intelligence-based electronic/mechanical failure prediction; real-time decision making support; the facilitating of data transfer between systems; and hierarchical handling of fixed/variable order data strings as a function of tool safety (using an integral time domain camouflage interface). Also in the field of combat simulation, Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd produces a Command and Staff Trainer (CST) that simulates a range of joint operations. The system is purported to include advanced simulation models (full spectrum of conflict, mounted operations in urban terrain, out-of-the-window homeland security) that contain a scenario with thousands of entities and large training areas and include artificial intelligence for aggregate behaviors. (From Artificial intelligence and the future of defense, the international center for strategic studies).