Edited By: Pathikrit Sen Gupta
Final Up to date: January 24, 2023, 21:26 IST
The ministry of defence has determined to provide extra tooth to the Indian Military by offering the most recent tools like jetpack fits, robotic mules, tethered drone methods, and jammers.
The ministry has already initiated a fast-track process in order that the purchases may be made as quickly as attainable. These methods will assist the Military in securing the borders together with controlling the actions of drones coming from the opposite facet.
“The Ministry of Defence, Authorities of India, intends to acquire amount 100 Robotic Mule together with Related Equipment beneath emergency procurement via Quick Monitor Process (FTP) beneath Purchase (Indian) class and seeks participation within the procurement course of from potential Bidders,” the ministry of defence said in a document.
The quadruped (four-legged) robot is capable of autonomous movement across various terrain, has self-recovery capability, and obstruction-avoidance features. The robot will be able to move in uneven terrain and in moderate ascent and descent.
The robot will be able to operate in autonomous mode and GPS-denied environment and will have front and rear collision avoidance with both static and moving obstacles. The equipment will be able to climb stairs and footsteps, and will operate on a predefined mission route automatically using a command-control station with a payload capacity of 10 kg.
The ministry will also buy 48 jetpack suits under emergency procurement through the fast-track process. The jetpack suit is a turbine-based individual mobility platform, which can lift a man safely across varied terrain. The suit will provide controls for safe ascent, safe descent, take-off and landing and movement in all directions. It will have many advantages like a modern propulsion system including turbine engines/electric and hybrid systems with a maximum speed of 50 km per hour.
It will be able to operate satisfactorily in mountains, deserts, and high-altitude areas up to 3,000 metres up. The suit will be capable of storing things and will have weather-proof packages, and items can get transported by land, sea, or air.
Tethered drone systems
The defence ministry has also decided to buy 130 tethered drone systems, each consisting of two aerial vehicles with combined payloads. Each tethered drone system will have two aerial platforms with combined payload, a man portable ground control station (MPGCS), a tether station, a remote video terminal (RVT), a suitable generator set, a battery charger and a spare battery per drone, and a modular carrying system/case for the system and accessories.
The system will be able to Launch from up to 4,500 metres, with a height not less than 60 m. In untethered mode, the aerial vehicle should be able to fly at a height of up to 500 metres.
The ministry of defence will also purchase 20 drone jammers for surveillance and to tackle drone intrusion from across the border.
These jammers will help the Army in controlling drone movements at sensitive places including borders where Pakistan every day sends drones with narcotics, arms, and ammunition, said sources.
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