Indian Army to deploy robots to fight militancy in Kashmir

Army could soon use robots to fight militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, a media report said today.

According to Hindustan Times newspaper, the defence ministry has approved an army proposal which has raised a demand for 544 robots to be used during anti-insurgency operations.

“The way the situation is evolving (in J&K), it may just be a matter of time when security forces as a whole, and Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in particular, will be facing the threat in built-up and super built-up areas,” the army said, making a strong case for robotic platforms.

The robots to be made indigenously could be used to deliver ammunition like stun grenades at militant hideouts besides gathering real-time inputs prior to manual insertion, said the report.

The “lightweight and rugged” robots will consist of several subsystems such as surveillance cameras and transmission systems with a range of 200 metres, it added.

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