Now robots to man LOC; new initiative from DRDO

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Chennai, Dec 12: With modernization of technology in warfare gaining more importance in today's world and age, India is also jumping into the bandwagon with the help of combat vehicles research and development establishment in Avadi, Chennai. Intending to present a sea change in future warfare, the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) lab will now develop robots to replace as many as 10 lakh soldiers.

This effort will become a huge advantage to the large number of soldiers who man the line of control in extreme conditions. V.K. Saraswat, scientific advisor to the defence minister and director general DRDO has been quoted as saying to a popular newspaper that work has already begun on this front. The army was experimenting with robot mules initially that is being used to carry arms and equipment to firing areas.

Saraswat added, "Small robots are already involved in surveillance, while robot mules will be pressed into service to carry heavy arms to high-altitude war zones." He also said that autonomous underwater vehicles capable of carrying out multiple tasks are also being developed.

Explaining the functioning of the robots, Saraswat said that they would be controlled from a station and added that there would be no on-field human interference. He commented, "We are in the process of creating a huge database so that the autonomy level of the robots reaches 8 to 9 on a scale of 10, enabling them to fight a war with the required intelligence.”

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