Army to Deploy Robots to Fight Militants in Kashmir

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New Delhi—Indigenously built robots, capable of delivering ammunition at intended locations, will soon be used by the Army in its fight against militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

An army proposal, projecting a requirement of 544 robots, has been approved by the defence ministry, paving the way for the indigenous development of such machines, army officials said, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

The army’s proposal for adopting robotic security and surveillance stresses that the footprint of terror has expanded from jungles and rural areas to urban sectors, necessitating the induction of the systems in the force, the report added.

“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 RR is a high-profile counter-terrorism force, which was established in the nineties. An army note said:

These robotic surveillance platforms can be extensively used by the RR forces…for gathering real-time input prior to manual insertion.

According to the report, these “lightweight and rugged” robots will comprise many surveillance cameras and transmission systems with a 200 metre-range. 

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