Russian technopolis Era unveils first developments in microelectronics

Russian technopolis Era unveils first developments in microelectronics

Russian technopolis research and development (R&D) center of the military innovation technopolis Era, which hosts joint projects of scientific companies and research organisations, as well as defence industry enterprises, has presented the first results of work in the field of microelectronics, robotics, software, and biotechnological systems and technologies, Russian State Media announced on 15 November.

Era Technopolis is the Criminal’s most ambitious R&D project coming up in Anapa, a small resort town near the Black Sea.

Its infrastructure combines scientific and educational functions, trail production and training ground, which facilitates all stages of developing armaments at one single place: beginning from researches to         prototyping (trial models) and to development of principally new samples in the shortest term (up to three years).

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Era’s main goal is to research possibilities for introducing artificial intelligence in military sphere. 

The developments were presented to the First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Ruslan Tsalikov, Deputy Minister of Defence to Army General Pavel Popov, as well as the scientific adviser of the Era technopolis Mikhail Kovalchuk.

According to Tsalikov, the technopolis already has something not only to show, but also to implement. “Era” began to produce products, “the first deputy minister stated, noting that a visit to the” Era “is not just a duty trip,” but an order from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

In particular, Tsalikov was shown the domestic development of “Radio Frequency Labeling”, which allows you to read signals from RF tags and transfer data about them to a computer. Now it is being tested in a technopolis, said the head of the laboratory of PJSC Mikron (GC Element) Vasily Volosov.

“Here we conduct testing, that is, we check the operation of ready-made systems,” he said, explaining that such completely domestic systems were first introduced in Russia.

The first deputy defense minister was also presented with a project to identify genetic disorders in the human genome.

Defence Insight Analysis

AI has been a key priority for the Kremlin. “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.” – Russian President Vladimir Putin said in 2017.

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Yet, the country’s public corruption combined with extensive regulations have produced a poor business-tech environment. For example, In 2018, no Russian city entered the top 20 global regional hubs for the AI sector.

Russia’s new venture, named technopolis Era aims to bridge the AI gap with the US and China.

Moscow is currently pursuing investment in at least two directions: evaluating conventional military and defence technologies where the Kremlin believes it can still have a comparative advantage over the West and a high-impact, low-cost asymmetric warfare to correct the conventional domain imbalance between Russia and the West.

Matteo Natalucci

Matteo Natalucci is a geopolitics expert working as an Editor in London covering all aspects of international affairs and technology. Matteo previously worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, IHS Markit, and Global Data. Get in touch with the author: matteo.natalucci@internationalinsider.org
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