TOI exclusive: India working on robots that may patrol borders
BENGALURU: As part of enhancing India's defence capabilities, scientists have been quietly working on all-terrain artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled robots that may eventually patrol the country's borders.
Scientists from defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited’s (BEL) Central Research Laboratory (CRL) in Bengaluru, who began work on this first responder robot in December 2018, are confident of having the first prototype by December 2019.
BEL CMD Gowthama MV told TOI: “AI will change how some critical operations are conducted by the armed forces, and our robot will even been able to patrol the borders.”
Globally, companies like Irobot Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Mitsubishi, Thales Group, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Corporation, et al, have been working on first responder border patrol robots. Korea has been building completely different kind of robots—some reports describe them as machines inspired by the Avatar movie.
Experts TOI spoke with—security observers, former military commanders and members of think-tanks —say India is likely to take at least a decade, if not more, to have a functional robot that can perform this task.
At present, the estimated cost of each of these robots—if and when orders are placed—would be in the range of Rs 70 lakh and Rs 80 lakh per unit for small orders. “The cost can come down if there are large orders,” Gowthama said.
paarth d • 7 hours ago
This is the future. Lets focus on tech rather than statues and mandirs. This is how we defeat Pakistan because of the superioirty of our technology. We have to be like Israel
paarth d • Location • 2 hours ago
mixng defense with Mandir/masjid is irrelevant.
Santosh Rawlo • 7 hours ago
Scientists have been silently working and media is shouting it loud...
Santosh Rawlo • 6 hours ago
Prototype for the perfect robot is Manmohan. Also works with remote.
sharatchandra • Bangalore • 8 hours ago
Research and development in every field - be it in defence, space, manufacturing etc, is flourishing under the Modi Regime. No previous central government has been so successful as Modi Government as well. India needs him for at least the next 15 years.
Jay • 8 hours ago
Good initiatives , Robots need for forward firing as well. Casualties can be avoided, cost is not a matter.
Harsh • Mumbai • 6 hours ago
No big deal ! We Congi''s had invented a Robot who ran the country for 10 years ...
SHRIKANT HEGDE • 4 hours ago
This is excellent! Hope, extensive use of robots will reduce to a large extent loss of life and injury to our brave armed forces personnel!
Sumita Kulkarni • 6 hours ago
This would be a positive use of technology ! Safety of our country as well as our soldiers should be our prime concern!
sanjoy • 2 hours ago
Great initiative, wish you all the best.
nitin sharma • Canada • 7 hours ago
Anything is possible due to Modijee. Modijee in 2019 and 2024.
Gaana User • 7 hours ago
If this becomes successful. This will be a great milestone for India.
Madhusudan Machingath • 7 hours ago
Great Job, India can do in a year what others took decades as we are everywhere and we have basics right
Madhusudan Machingath • Mum Bhai • 6 hours ago
Bhakt these projects are going on for last 15 years
Captain • 8 hours ago
parallelly pakistan planning to mount cameras on cattles And send them to guards their borders
Ali MJ • 2 hours ago
Very good....India is progressing....
Pankaj • Mumbai • 5 hours ago
Kudos to Make In India Team...
Balachandramenon Vengasserry • Alappuzha • 6 hours ago
Patrolling not enough, these robots shall be programmed into firing AK 47 bullets onto the heads of intruding terrorists also.
Presstitutes R Curse • Universe • 6 hours ago