Publication date: 
Earlier this year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identified quantum technologies as one of seven technology priorities it and its partners in other countries would like to address. In the Czech Republic, individual quantum technologies are currently at various stages of readiness, ranging from mere theory, to laboratory experiments, to tested prototypes, to commercially available products.

Since 2018, CTU in Prague together with DefSec Innovation Hub has been organising discussion forums, round tables and workshops to introduce the Czech Army to the possibilities of using quantum technologies for military purposes. Topics discussed include, for example, quantum radars, quantum cryptography, or quantum telemetry. This is a very complex issue, which first requires a detailed discussion focused on technical possibilities on the one hand, and military requirements on the other. "In this respect, we are several years ahead of our alliance partners, who are only now starting to educate on quantum technologies," says Dr Kristina Soukupová, President of the DefSec Innovation Hub.

Quantum principles can potentially offer a range of technologies and improvements. From quantum computers, suitable for cryptanalysis, simulation, optimisation or machine learning, for example, to quantum networks suitable for quantum key distribution or precise time synchronisation, to quantum sensors such as quantum inertial navigation, quantum antennas and magnetic sensors capable of underground or underwater threat detection.

Based on the activities of the CTU in Prague, the DefSec Innovation Hub was approached directly by NATO Allied Command Transformation to help with the outreach of quantum technologies to the entire Alliance. "To do this, we are using scientists from CTU who are already communicating with NATO in this regard. The Czech Republic has a huge potential in the field of quantum technologies and we want to show that we can combine great experts with visionaries from the Czech Army to work with this very complex topic," said Dr. Kristina Soukupová.

"We would like to help prevent unpleasant future technological surprises through basic technical knowledge. And direct our support towards research and development of quantum technologies for defence," said doc. Vojtěch Petráček, Rector of CTU in Prague.

"Although quantum technologies today appear to be the stuff of science fiction, their practical application is a matter for the near future. I am convinced of their application in the modern warfare arena, especially in areas such as information systems, communications and sensor devices," says Colonel J.T., a member of the Ministry of Defence's Communications and Information Systems Section.

Dr. Michal Křelina from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering (FJFI) adds: "For some quantum technologies, it is good to explain how things really are. For example, quantum radar in the microwave region is practically unfeasible for military purposes. For quantum computers, it will be a few years before they are really useful for defence, but it is already possible to start creating quantum algorithms and software solutions. Quantum antennas, for example, also have enormous potential. In general, this is a young and very dynamic field that can bring many surprises and interesting applications."

CTU through the FJFI also participates in building the Czech National Quantum Infrastructure. This will ensure extremely secure communication for critical national infrastructure and its secure connection abroad. The project is implemented by the Cybersecurity Hub consortium, FJFI, the Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University, the Faculty of Science of Palacký University in Olomouc and IT4Innovations of the University of Mining and Metallurgy - Technical University of Ostrava. For details see the press release.


Contact person: 
Kristina Soukupová, Ph.D.
+420 603 262 428