16-year old Harshwardhansinh Zala has designed a drone named "EAGLE A7" and it can detect and destroy landmines without any risk to human life. According to him, the technology isn't available anywhere right now and it'll immensely help Armed Forces Personnel.
Landmines are explosive devices that are placed underground or even over the ground under camouflage. They get triggered by the presence, proximity or contact of a person.
Landmines have been extensively used to improvise the defence of a particular territory like border regions or conflict zones. Often, they remain hidden and are active even after the conflict has ended.
The use of landmines is controversial because they are indiscriminate weapons, harming soldier and civilian alike. They remain dangerous even after the conflict, in which they were deployed, has ended, killing and injuring civilians and rendering land impassable and unusable for decades. This, in turn, leads to more casualty in peacetime.
Zala wants to use the technology to help India's Armed Forces and has declined many offers from abroad. "I've received many offers to go and work abroad but it is my wish to develop this drone and deploy it to serve the Indian Army and CRPF, to save our jawans from being martyred,” he said.
"This drone, from the Indian army base station, can go to the path where it has to go and detect the landmines. After detecting the landmines, the drone will send the information back to the army base station. The landmines can be viewed real-time and destroyed real-time without human risk." Zala explained.
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India is known to be a major manufacturer of landmines and has used the deadly weapons both along its shared border with Pakistan and the Line of Control (LoC) in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The drone industry is slowly picking gaining momentum in India thanks to the new National Drones Policy being effective. The policy has been drafted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and often dubbed "Drone Regulations 1.0". It clearly clarifies where, when and how drones can operate within India.
With inputs from ANI