IBM has announced a strategic collaboration agreement with Raytheon Technologies to jointly develop advanced artificial intelligence, cryptographic and quantum solutions for the aerospace, defence and intelligence industries, including the government.
Artificial intelligence and quantum technologies give aerospace, and government customers the ability to design systems more quickly, secure their communications networks and improve decision-making processes. By combining IBM's commercial research with Raytheon Technologies' research, plus aerospace and defence expertise, the two companies will be able to crack once-unsolvable challenges.
In addition to artificial intelligence and quantum, the companies will jointly research and develop advanced cryptographic technologies that lie at the heart of some of the toughest aerospace industries and government agencies face.
According to IBM, the two partners will build a technical collaboration team to quickly insert IBM's commercial technologies into active aerospace, defence and intelligence programmes. The same team will also identify promising technologies for jointly developing long-term system solutions by investing research dollars and talent.
Dario Gil, Senior Vice President & Director of Research, IBM, said, 'The rapid advancement of quantum computing and its exponential capabilities has spawned one of the greatest technological races in recent history – one that demands unprecedented agility and speed. Our new collaboration with Raytheon Technologies will be a catalyst in advancing these state-of-the-art technologies – combining their expertise in aerospace, defense and intelligence with IBM's next-generation technologies to make discovery faster, and the scope of that discovery larger than ever.'
Mark E Russell, CTO, Raytheon Technologies, said, 'As computing and quantum technologies advance, existing cybersecurity and cryptography methods are at risk of becoming vulnerable. IBM and Raytheon Technologies will now be able to collaboratively help customers maintain secure communications and defend their networks better than previously possible.'