Army may soon get robots to help tackle militants, insurgents


In what is being touted as a boost to the anti-terror fight in Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian Army has proposed to build indigenous robots that are created to deliver ammunition at targeted locations, according to a report.

According to online portal, the defence ministry has already approved an army proposal to induct 544 robots for the goal. "The way the situation is evolving (in J&K), it may just be a matter of time when security forces as a whole, and Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in particular, will be facing the threat in built-up and super built-up areas", an army sopkeserson said.

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.

These robots are of "lightweight" and consist of "surveillance cameras and transmission systems with a range of 200 metres".

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A Hindustan Times report stated that the approval for the robotic surveillance platform has been granted under the "Make" category of acquisition in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 that lays down that only Indian vendors are eligible for the projects.

At present, the army deploys an indigenous remotely operated vehicle called "Daksh" for handling improvised explosive devices.

Daksh, developed by DRDO, can climb stairs, lift 20 kg loads and has a three-hour battery life.