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Trials successful,Netra to enter production stage

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Netra developed by the Defence Research and Development will soon enter the production stage.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Pune |
April 27, 2011 3:23:57 am

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) Netra developed by the Defence Research and Development (DRDO) will soon enter the production stage. Talking to Newsline,Alok Mukherjee,a senior scientist with the Research and Development Establishment (RnDE),a DRDO laboratory,said,“Netra has undergone successful trails and is soon expected to enter the production stage. Army as well as the paramilitary forces have shown keen interest in Netra.”

He,however,refused to comment on the orders or the details of the same. Netra,which has a live video and a thermal imaging equipment,was tested in the naxal-affected areas of Chhatisgarh in view of their utility to fight naxal menace in these areas.

Netra along with various other unmanned vehicles and robots would be on display at the Symposium of Robotics and Unmanned Vehicles at the RnDE campus on April 28 and 29. The two- day event,one of its kinds in the recent times,is expected to demonstrate Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) such as Daksh,which is already in the production stage along with Takshak,a smaller version of Daksh used to detect and diffuse Improvised Explosive Device (IED). “One of the major attractions of the event would be two underwater vehicles,one developed by National Institute of Oceanology (NIO),Goa,and the other by C-DAC,Trivandrum,” said Mukherjee.

The event,which will be inaugurated by Chief Controller of R&D,DRDO,Dr W Selvamurthy,will showcase the most fascinating products developed by industry and academia. While Iris,a small ball-like robot which can be used in anti-terrorist operations,will be demonstrated at the event,another attraction will be mole,a robot looking like a soft drink can. This can be used for videographing terror attacks like 26/11 incident. “It is a self-navigating robot,which can navigate self when thrown into the operational area,” said Mukherjee. Another interesting watch is going to be a self righting robot that resembles a spider. Not only does it climb walls on its own,but also corrects its posture,in case it falls upside down.

“The field of robotics and autonomous vehicles is gaining momentum globally. Development of unmanned vehicles,whether on ground,air or underwater,is a major domain. These systems are extensively used for reconnaissance,surveillance,target acquisition and for carrying out remote strikes. The symposium aims to bring together the users such as Army,Air Force,paramilitary,police forces along with R&D organisations such as DRDO,ISRO,BARC and academia,including IIT-Kanpur,IISc-Bengaluru,BITS-Pilanitry in order to synergise the efforts and accelerate development process,” said Manish Bharadwaj,a scientist and regional spokesperson for the DRDO.

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