DRDO’s robo-birds

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will embark on a project to develop small robot birds that will be able to sneak into enemy territory for surveillance.

With its latest and upcoming products, DRDO hopes to enhance life of civilians and armed forces. DRDO has also designed a typhoid detection kit, Sanjeevani, a life detection kit to trace people trapped underneath buildings after earthquakes and many other devices that are of immense use to people.

DRDO is primarily engaged in design and development of strategic, complex and security sensitive systems for our Armed Forces. It has developed a number of systems during the last five years. These include missiles; unmanned aerial vehicles; sonars; torpedos; combat vehicles; sensors;  parachutes; propellants and explosives; detonators; composite materials; fuel cells; antennas; communication systems;etc. A large number of DRDO developed systems have been productionised and inducted into Services and many are in the induction stages. The value of these systems comes to about Rs.1,32,000 Cr.

Many technologies being developed by DRDO for the Armed Forces can also be used for civilian applications. These include composite materials; steels; bridges; water poison detection kit; swine flue detection kit; food items; textile and clothing items; bullet proof vehicles; device for identification of friends and foes; night vision devices; laser dazzler; fire retardant materials/equipment; emergency escape chute; walking robot; lubricants: paints; etc.

Delivering the inaugural address at a 3-day international conference on nano science, engineering and technology at Sathyabama University, chief controller of DRDO and chairman of Brahmos aerospace A. Sivathanupillai said the organisation had developed several equipment using nano technology for soldiers to fight safe battles.

He said that from unbreakable bones in the human body to unmanned aerial surveillance and reconnaissance vehicles in the size of a hummingbird could be possible in the future.

With such innovations on their way, it isn’t surprising that DRDO is inspiring a reverse brain drain with hundreds of non-resident Indian (NRI) scientists making a beeline to be part of India’s gen-next defence projects.

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