‘Sooran is India’s first unmanned armoured vehicle’

Future war tech is already here

Amidst hundreds of companies displaying their products at Defence Expo 2020, a bunch of start-ups from India has created a buzz internationally by their innovative war technology, highlighting India’s potential as a defence manufacturing hub.

Colonel Arvind Kumar, programme director for Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) — an MoD initiative to encourage innovations and entrepreneurship in the field of defence and defence production — said around 19 start-ups have been shortlisted to set up stalls to showcase their innovations.

LUCKNOW: What if machines fight instead of soldiers? The idea, which seems more from a sci-fi movie, came into a 34-year-old’s mind and didn’t let him sleep for days. But he decided to live his dream.

After working on the concept for almost a year and a half, Chennai-based Dennis Ebenezar came up with his war machine – ‘Sooran’.

“Sooran is the country’s first unmanned armoured vehicle, which can fight on battlefields and can be operated from a distance. This machine could be a boon in minimising casualties on the battlefield,” said Ebenezar, MD of a start-up ‘Defence Master’.

‘Sooran’ is has got a lot of attention at the Defence Expo and is the most debatable war machines here.

“One can operate it through mobile phone or from a control room. It weighs around 500kg and is one of the best unmanned armoured vehicles. It has a mounted gun turret, which too can be operated with remote control,” said Ebenezar while highlighting the specifications of the war machine.

He said it’s a multi-terrain vehicle and equipped with artificial intelligence, having petrol engine. The machine can be operated in three modes — tele-operated with remote, tele-operated from a mobile control station and through an autonomous mode, using artificial intelligence ‘NIVATA’.

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