Startup's nano drones display potential in countert error operations
By siliconindia | Monday, 18 September 2023, 08:34 IST
Three different nano drone types, including a 'Kamikaze' UAV, have been developed by a defense business that a group of young engineers from IIT Roorkee founded two years ago. These drones are useful in anti-insurgency and counterterrorism operations. The IDR startup's co-founder, Mayank Pratap Singh, stated: 'This is the first time that nano drones have been developed indigenously in this country.' Since the establishment of our firm in 2021, we have created three different types of nano drones that are actively assisting security services in their counterterrorism and insurgent endeavors, according to Singh.
He said IDR Research and Development has introduced the Doot Mk1 nano drone in three specialised variants, which were showcased at the North-tech symposium. The symposium was held here recently to address operational challenges and procure state-of-the-art equipment for the Army. Weighing approximately 200 grams, these drones boast an endurance of up to 30 minutes and can reach a maximum speed of 80 kmph with very low sound, Singh said, adding the Doot Mk1 is equipped with artificial intelligence capabilities, allowing it to identify up to 80 different objects. "One version of the drone is optimised for outdoor operations, another for indoor settings, and there's an explosive variant (Kamikaze).
'These nano drones can be deployed in under 10 seconds during emergencies. Their compact sizes allow them to be navigated in complex spaces, whether launched from hand, rooftop, or moving vehicles," Singh said. The 'Kamikaze' version, named Parush, explodes upon reaching its target. Carrying explosives, the drone has a kill button for it to detonate, he said, adding the drones equipped with such mechanism would have to be programmed to identify the enemy's hideout and explode there. "Parush means lethal or destructive. We have successfully tested the explosive drone recently and are working on the safety part now," he said. "It will be ready by December.'
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