Robots to fight militants in Kashmir

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

In an attempt to counter terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian army will soon deploy ingenuously built robots capable of delivering ammunition at targeted locations.

The defence ministry has sanctioned the proposal, which suggested a requirement of 544 robots, army officials reportedly said.

"The way the situation is evolving, it may just be a matter of time when security forces as a whole, and Rashtriya Rifles in particular, will be facing the threat in built-up and super built-up areas", the army was quoted as saying.

The robots to be made indigenously could be used to deliver weapons like stun grenades at militant hideouts besides gathering real-time inputs prior to manual insertion, the reports said, though they were scanty on details.

The ministry has approved the proposal under the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 which states only Indian vendors are eligible for the projects.

The "lightweight and rugged" robots will consist of several subsystems such as surveillance cameras and transmission systems with a range of 200 metres, the Army added.

The security forces have been now using a remotely operated vehicle Daksh to handle the improvised explosive devices, the report said. "A second unit which can be operated alongside the first unit by a single operator with the same remote (having at least dual display screen) should also form part of the system", the report also states.

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