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Indian army likely to get robots to counter militancy, stone pelting in Kashmir

Saturday, August 12, 2017
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The Indian Army could soon get a new ally to counter stone-pelting and militant attacks in the Kashmir Valley, reports said on Saturday.

As per reports, robotic weapons could be introduced by the Defence Ministry which will help forces in counter-insurgency as well as counter-militant operations. This move might be taken in order to reduce the number of injuries to the soldiers when faced with armed militants or even stone-pelting protesters.

An army proposal, projecting a requirement of 544 robots, has been approved by the defence ministry, reports said.

For the past eight months, CAIR, a DRDO lab leading India’s research in artificial intelligence, has been working on this project. This will equip India’s armed forces with a host of robots that can work as a team in collaboration.

These robots are being built keeping in mind the current military scenario which demands operations in different conditions—environmental and terrain. Besides, the robots will also be able to work in indoor conditions, enabling deployment at various key establishments.