They have developed the prototypes of a gun-mounted robot as well as a disruptor robot which with the flash of water jet mechanically diffuses an improvised explosive device (IED). The tests are over and the products are ready for production. Army, NSG and paramilitary forces and they have shown keen interest in the robots.
Yet unnamed, the robot, which can operate small arms and loads of other armaments including even grenades, has been developed by R&DE over the past two years.
The evident shift of focus on part of DRDO from developing ‘only’ for the defence forces to even paramilitary and civilian applications is visible at R&DE. The laboratory is also working on developing sensors, filters and actuators for protecting civilian structures such as hospitals, temporary rescue camps set up by the paramilitary forces in case of Nuclear – Biological – Chemical (NBC) or radiation outburst.
Though the need for developing better defence equipment is something to worry about, we are happy with the indigenously developed innovation.