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 given a go-ahead to a proposal suggesting a requirement of 544 robots, army officials said. Apart from delivering arms , these indegeniously built machines would come in handy for surveillance and gathering real time information about the movement of terrorists.

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The latest move by army underlines the growing security threat and that the footprint of terror has expanded from jungle to urban settlements in the strife torn state.  “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 RR is a high-profile counter-terrorism force, which was established in the nineties.  The Modi government has sanctioned the proposal under ‘Make’ category of acquisition in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 which means only Indian vendors are eligible for the projects.

The “lightweight and rugged” robots will be capable of picking up inputs and transmission from a range of 200 metres. The army is also mulling the possibility of operating two or more teams jointly in a target area.

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At present, the army deploys an indigenous remotely operated vehicle called ‘Daksh’  for handling improvised explosive devices. Developed by DRDO,  Daksh can climb stairs, has three-hour endurance on battery, can be operated with remote within a range of 500 metres and can lift 20 kg loads.

Source: Hindustan Times

 

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