Gurgaon: Surveillance robot to help forces on tough terrains

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2016 15:35 IST
The surveillance vehicle can be used for saving lives of defence personnel in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare. Variants of the vehicle can be used in anti-terrorist operations.

A Gurgaon-based firm has developed an unmanned surveillance vehicle that can assist defence personnel at high altitudes, tough terrains and during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare.

The company Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Ltd has developed this vehicles in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

A company press communiqué said that the monitoring vehicle, co-developed with Vehicle Research & Development Establishment — a laboratory of DRDO in Ahmadnagar — can be used for saving lives of defence personnel in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) warfare and variants of the vehicle can be used for video surveillance, unexploded ordnance handling and combat/anti-terrorist operations.

On February 3, 10 army personnel were buried under the snow after their camp in Siachen glacier was hit by an avalanche. The lone survivor Lance Naik Hanumanthappa was rescued five days later but he lost his life on Thursday. Monitoring vehicles like these could come handy in such circumstance.

“At high altitudes with harsh environments, the robot can do surveillance and aid in rescue operations where landing is not possible,” a company statement said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other visitors were impressed by the monitoring vehicle on display at the defence pavilion of the ‘Make in India’ expo inaugurated in Mumbai on Saturday. “The PM made a special visit to the stall of the company,” the statement said.

Director of Industry Interface and Technology Management, DRDO, Radhakrishnan said, “We are proud of the contribution of Hi-tech Robotics Systemz Ltd in the field of robotics and DRDO is looking forward to more joint developments and challenging tasks with the company.”

Speaking at the sidelines of the event Anuj Kapuria, director and CEO of Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Ltd said, “The state of affairs have changed drastically in the last one year and a half. We foresee tremendous growth possibilities and we need to focus our energies to ensure a sustained growth in the robotics sector.”

With more than 15 patents under its belt, the company is developing solutions to bring in effective robotics system for mass utility after catering to the needs of defence and industrial sectors.

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