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Ministry of Defense acquires Government’s first quantum computer

The machines are able to quickly make highly complex calculations that cannot be done by regular computers.

The BBC said the ministry will work with London-based firm Orca Computing on applying the computers to defense applications.

It marked a “milestone moment”, according to Stephen Till of the ministry’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DTSL).

Most computers process data in bits, which have a binary value of either zero or one, whereas quantum computers use a two-state unit for data processing called a qubit.

Prof Winfried Hensinger, head of the Sussex Center for Quantum Technologies at the University of Sussex, told the BBC the true potential of quantum computers will take time to fully materialize.

“They can not actually solve any practical problems yet. They’re enabling you to maybe gauge the possibilities of what working on a quantum computer would have if you can scale this machine to really large system sizes. ”

Richard Murray, chief executive of Orca Computing, said the company’s work with the MoD is a “significant vote of confidence”.

“Our partnership with MoD gives us the type of hands-on close interaction, working with real hardware which will help us to jointly discover new applications of this revolutionary new technology.”

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