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We are seeing some spectacular innovations in the field of defence. From guns to submarines, from drones to fighter jets, from headgear to ballistic missiles, every aspect of defence has seen tremendous modernisation. But the latest news that robots could assist the Indian Army against stone-pelters and terrorists in the Kashmir Valley has left everyone fascinated.

A report states that robotic weapons would be introduced by the Defence Ministry. The main purpose behind this move is seen to be casualties that our forces suffer in dealing with terrorists and stone-pelters. The ministry has approved a proposal of the Indian Army for 544 robots.

The primary use of these robots will be surveillance and transmission with a range of about 200 metres. As per the army’s requirements, they may also be equipped with ammunition-delivery systems. As the terror footprint expands and becomes a greater threat with time, use of such technology is being seen as essential.

Forces like the Rashtriya Rifles can benefit immensely from such robotic platforms. A possibility of accommodating two or more robot teams in a target area is also under consideration.

CAIR which is a Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) lab leading India’s research in artificial intelligence has been working this project for the last eight months. They intend to equip the Indian Armed Forces with a group of robots that are capable of working in collaboration with our men on the ground.

Also, these robots are being built keeping in consideration the latest military scenario. They will be capable of operating in different environmental conditions and terrain, and will also work in indoor conditions.

This won’t be the first such kind of platform/vehicle that the Army puts into use. It is already using Daksh which is a remotely-piloted vehicle developed the DRDO to handle ‘improvised explosive devices’. It has a three-hour battery life, can lift a load that weighs up to 20 kg and has a 500-metre range.


Vinayak Jain

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