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After the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), few advanced nations are busy in developing and deploying an array of autonomous weapon systems to attain better speed and accuracy. All fatal missions are likely to be undertaken by unmanned systems in future. AI based Tactical Decision Support Systems (TDSS) could replace a commander in the war rooms. AI triggered smart weapons will replace the conventional warheads. 

Fully autonomous weapon systems are the ones which can process and exploit available data to arrive at decisions with the help of pre-programmed algorithms to make choices and act logically in unanticipated circumstances independently, more importantly, within the ethical framework rendering minimum collateral damage. The design and development of fully autonomous systems is a challenge to the leading military powers view underlying complexity in making it fail safe. Fully autonomous systems imp ..

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By Cdr (Dr) Jayakrishnan N Nair

Commander (Dr) Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), is an Aerospace Engineer by profession. He has served in the Indian Navy for 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, a DRDO TDF Expert, Life Member of the Aeronautical Society of India, All India Management Association, Computer Society of India and Indian Society of Training and Development. Apart from an MTech (Aero) and MBA, he has been honoured with a Doctorate in Advanced Studies (Aerospace/Science) by the University of Azteca, Mexico. An Associate Member at MP-IDSA, New Delhi and Senior Fellow (Defence and Military Analysis) at the Centre for Public Policy Research.

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