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IKTPLUSS-IKT og digital innovasjon

Quantum computing for the defence sector

Alternative title: Quantum Computing for forsvarssektoren

Awarded: NOK 4.0 mill.

In this project, we investigate the possibilities that quantum computing holds for solving complex optimization challenges in the defense sector. Our objective is to delve into different areas where quantum computing can be applied, taking into account that the goals within the defense sector differ from those in the industrial field, requiring further investigation. Collaborating with NeQst, we find a great opportunity to exchange methods and technical knowledge, leading to mutual advantages. To efficiently progress, we follow an agile approach. Initially, potential use cases are suggested and evaluated by FFI to determine their relevance to the defense sector. Then, SINTEF assesses the suitability of these use cases for quantum algorithms. Through iterative rounds of evaluation, we discard use cases that do not meet the criteria and incorporate new ones for assessment. This process continues until a handful of strong candidates remain, which are subjected to in-depth analysis. Our primary aim is to uncover the potential of quantum computing for the defense sector, with a particular focus on addressing high-impact optimization problems identified by FFI. By exploring and understanding the capabilities of quantum computing in the defense sector, we hope to contribute to advancements that can significantly enhance defense strategies and operations. This project serves as a stepping stone towards harnessing the power of quantum technologies for the benefit of national security and defense.

We recognize quantum computing's potential in addressing discrete optimization challenges in the defence sector. This project aims to explore various use cases where quantum computing can be applied, considering that the objectives within the defence sector differ from those in the industrial domain, requiring additional research. The synergy between NeQst and this project lies in the shared methods and technical aspects, offering mutual benefits. Following an agile approach, suggested use cases are assessed for relevance by FFI and suitability for quantum algorithms by SINTEF. Through iterative rounds, use cases that do not meet the criteria are discarded, and new ones are added for evaluation until a few strong candidates remain, which undergo in-depth analysis. The main goal is to explore the potential of quantum computing for the defence sector, focusing on high impact optimization problems suggested by FFI.

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IKTPLUSS-IKT og digital innovasjon