RRI, Indian Navy inks MoU to develop quantum-secure marine communications

RNS: Department of Science and Technology (DST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Navy to develop secure maritime communications using Quantum Technology in Delhi.

The five-year MoU was signed by Professor Tarun Souradeep, Director of Raman Research Institute, and Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, Chief of Materiel, Indian Navy.

The Raman Research Institute, which is part of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Quantum Information and Computing (QuIC) lab, will lead the research efforts toward developing quantum key distribution techniques under the terms of the agreement.

Notably, the QuIC lab is India’s first to propose and implement a wide range of applications based on single and entangled photons, with a focus on establishing secure communications in strategic areas such as banking, defense, and cyber security.

Speaking on the occasion Professor Souradeep stated that the Indian Science and Technology ecosystem has been opening borders in recent years, allowing talented and world-class researchers in academic research institutions to contribute to the growth of Science and Technology capabilities in strategic areas of national importance.

Professor Urbasi Sinha, Group Head of the QuIC lab, said: this is a fantastic opportunity to use indigenously developed science and technology knowledge to benefit our nation.

She stated that through the collaboration, the QuIC lab will be able to foster cutting-edge research aimed at identifying potential maritime use cases for the Indian Navy.

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