The Indian Army is set to deploy around 500 drones, developed using technology from MIT, Chennai, for logistics operations in challenging terrains like the North-East and high-altitude landscapes. This initiative aims to replace traditional means of transport, such as mules and helicopters, particularly for supplying medicines and essential items to remote Border Observation Posts (BOPs). Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the project team for this innovative solution, addressing security gaps in difficult terrains.
The drones, designed to navigate through challenging weather conditions like fog, rain, and gusty winds, have a range of 20 km at an altitude of 1 km using guided navigation technology. The guided navigation, known as ‘blind-eye navigation,’ utilizes the Global Positioning System (GPS). Weighing 100 kg, the drones can carry 15 kg to 20 kg of essential supplies and utilize proximity sensors for smooth landings.
K Senthil Kumar, the director of the Kalam Advanced Drone Research Centre at Anna University, highlighted the drones’ capabilities and mentioned their ability to restart and fly again after landing, with an ‘arming switch’ mechanism. Professors Senthil Kumar and Thamarai Selvi from MIT, Chennai, have secured an Indian patent for the timer-based switch. The deployment of these advanced drones is expected to significantly enhance the logistical capabilities of the Indian Army in challenging and remote regions.