- Recently, the Army Training Command signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU), Gandhinagar to develop a ‘War-game Research and Development Centre’ (WARDEC) in New Delhi.
- The project named ‘WARDEC’, will be a first-of-its-kind simulation-based training centre in India that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to design virtual reality war-games.
What is this Wardec?
- The Wargame Research and Development Centre will be used by the Army to train its soldiers and test their strategies through “metaverse-enabled gameplay”.
- The wargame models will be designed to prepare for wars as well as counter-terror and counter-insurgency operations.
How will it help?
- Soldiers will test their skills in the metaverse where their surroundings will be simulated using a combination of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
- In metaverse, the players will get a realistic experience of the actual situation.
- The Army intends to use the wargame centre to train its officers in military strategies. Wargame simulation helps the Army think of all possible scenarios. Aspects such as slope of terrain, weather, time, air pressure, enemy surveillance reach, reach of artillery, the position of troops, soldier’s health, enemy’s reaction capabilities etc.
- The Wargames would play out player versus player, player versus computer or even computer versus computer.
Where will Wardec be setup?
- WARDEC will come up in a military zone in New Delhi.
- The Rashtriya Raksha University will join hands with Tech Mahindra to develop the centre in the coming three to four months.
- A team from the RRU will soon visit Delhi to get from the Army all the data it requires to begin work.
- WARDEC task has been assigned to faculty members of RRU’s School of Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security.
What’s the scope for future?
- The use of AI can provide a totally immersive training experience as it can simulate a battlefield close to reality and map several eventualities in the probable event of a war.
- Today its Indian Army, tomorrow the WARDEC can provide appropriate training to BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, SSB & state police who can use the metaverse-enabled simulation exercises for better training & outcomes.
Is India the first?
- Since the 9/11 attacks, use of information technology-enabled wargaming is preferred by several countries like the US, Israel, the UK to prepare for possibilities in case of terror attacks or war.
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