Friday, December 1, 2023

General Atomics Spearheads 3 Critical AI, UAV & Semiconductor Projects In India

By Aritra Banerjee

General Atomics Global Corporation, a leading American energy and defence corporation, has announced three major projects in India to advance artificial intelligence (AI), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and semiconductors. The move follows the launch of the India-US initiative on critical and emerging technologies.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has partnered with Bharat Forge, a leading Indian forging company, in aerostructure manufacturing. The company has also partnered with 114ai, an Indian AI company, to develop next-generation AI technologies. Dr Vivek Lall, the Chief Executive of General Atomics Global Corporation, announced these partnerships.

Bharat Forge is well-regarded for its expertise in the forging industry, inspiring GA-ASI to collaborate in aerostructure manufacturing. Lall stated that General Atomics is “eagerly looking forward to working with Bharat Forge” and expects state-of-the-art products to emerge from the partnership.

In addition to the partnerships with Bharat Forge and 114ai, General Atomics has also entered into a strategic partnership with 3rdiTech, an Indian start-up in the semiconductor industry. Dr Lall emphasised the significance of semiconductors in today’s technology landscape and noted that GA-ASI’s partnership with 3rdiTech represents “the new India under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership.”

Dr Lall expressed General Atomics’ commitment to supporting Prime Minister Modi’s vision of an Atmanirbhar India and stated that these partnerships are a “big step in the right direction.” The company is also aligned with the government’s “Make in India” strategy and looks forward to further cooperation with Indian companies.

The US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has set up a task force in partnership with the India Electronics Semiconductor Association (IESA) and the Indian Government Semiconductor Mission. The task force will assess industry opportunities and facilitate the strategic development of complementary semiconductor ecosystems in India. The White House stated that the task force would make recommendations on workforce development, R&D, and exchange opportunities that would benefit both countries.

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