The combat vehicles research and development establishment in Avadi, Chennai, will lead India’s charge in future wars.
The DRDO (Defence Research and Develop-ment Organisation) lab will develop robots that will replace about 10 lakh soldiers risking lives on the line of control to safeguard the country.
V.K. Saraswat, scientific advisor to the defence minister and director general DRDO, told DC on Sunday pilot work had begun with the army already experimenting with robot mules to carry arms and equipment to firing areas.
“Small robots are already involved in surveillance, while robot mules will be pressed into service to carry heavy arms to high-altitude war zones,” said Saraswat, adding that autonomous underwater vehicles capable of carrying out multiple tasks were also being developed.
He said state-of-the-art technology was required along with artificial intelligence to develop tracked-vehicle robots capable of donning a soldier’s role.
Saraswat said the robots would be controlled from a station but there would be no on-field human interference.
“We are in the process of creating a huge database so that the autonomy level of the robots reaches 8 to 9 on a scale of 10, enabling them to fight a war with the required intelligence.”