In what is being touted as a boost to the anti-terror fight in Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian Army has proposed to build indigenous robots that are created to deliver ammunition at targeted locations, according to a report.
The robots are reportedly capable of delivering ammunition at the intended locations in case of unsafe and emergency situations.
The army plans to boost the use of such machines for security and surveillance as the "terror theatre" has of late moved from the jungles to urban areas.
The robots to be made indigenously could be used to deliver weapons like stun grenades at militant hideouts besides gathering real-time inputs prior to manual insertion, the reports said, though they were scanty on details. The Modi government has sanctioned the proposal under "Make" category of acquisition in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 which means only Indian vendors are eligible for the projects.
These robots are of "lightweight" and consist of "surveillance cameras and transmission systems with a range of 200 metres".
The security forces have been now using a remotely operated vehicle Daksh to handle the improvised explosive devices, the report said. Developed by DRDO, Daksh can climb stairs, has three-hour endurance on battery, can be operated with remote within a range of 500 metres and can lift 20 kg loads.