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IIT Kanpur, the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, has achieved a significant milestone by developing an indigenous version of the Kamikaze drone, a type of suicide drone. This innovative drone can carry a warhead weighing up to 6 kg and can travel a distance of 100 km.

Subramaniam Sadrala, Assistant Professor in the Aerospace Department at IIT Kanpur, explained that the drone is equipped with cutting-edge stealth technology, allowing it to evade radar detection effectively. The development of this drone has been underway since last year under the DRDO’s Young Scientist Laboratory (DYSL-CT) project.

The next phase of development will involve target destruction trials, which are scheduled to take place within the next six months. The indigenously developed Kamikaze drone boasts a foldable fixed-wing design and measures 2 meters in length. Additionally, it can be equipped with cameras and infrared sensors to enhance its surveillance capabilities.

These drones are versatile in terms of launching methods, as they can be deployed using a catapult or a canister launcher. Notably, indigenously developed drones possess the capability to neutralize enemy targets even without relying on Global Positioning Support (GPS). This is made possible through the implementation of an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled visual guidance system, ensuring successful missions in enemy territories.

Powered by batteries, these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can cover distances of up to 100 km in just 40 minutes, thereby significantly bolstering the offensive capabilities of the armed forces. The IIT Kanpur-developed drone operates autonomously during flight, and it is also equipped with an algorithm that enables it to make decisions in real time.
The UAV can operate from remote locations, allowing it to gather vital intelligence by capturing high-resolution images of enemy territories using its onboard camera. The drone is designed to operate seamlessly in all weather conditions, including day and night operations. Additionally, its incorporation of stealth technology ensures that it can avoid detection by enemy radar systems. The UAV has a maximum ceiling of 4.5 km.

Professor Sadrala emphasized the importance of securing funds through the defence corridor, highlighting that adequate funding plays a pivotal role in the development of advanced machines like the indigenous Kamikaze drone.

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