Anti-mine robots used by US Army set to join anti-Naxal forces in Chhattisgarh
Sep 17, 2012, 16:45 PM IST
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Raipur/New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh government has decided to take help of smart robotic machines that could detect and defuse explosive devices used by the Naxalites against the security forces. Until now, hundreds of jawans in anti-Naxal operations have been killed in these mine blasts, many of which are triggered by remote control.
These bombs can remain active 2-3 feet under the ground for many years. The insurgents have blown up landmine-detection vehicles many a times.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has now developed a device that could come to the aid of the troopers here.
According to media reports, the DRDO has long been working on a device that could detect and defuse explosive devices, and has now successfully developed a robotic technique. This is already in use in the US army, sources said.
The reports quote a source as saying, "These robots could be commanded from a distance of up to 8-10 feet. After getting directives from its operator about the suspected area, the robot will scan the site and confirm or deny the presence of explosives within a few minutes."