AHMEDABAD: A 14-year-old boy in Gujarat has signed an agreement worth Rs. 5 crore with Indian state government.
This agreement gives him the opportunity for a commercial production of his landmine detecting and defusing drone.
“I first created a land mine detecting robot but realised that since the weight is heavy it would trigger a blast and damage it so I thought of creating a drone which will be at a safe distance while detecting the mines,” said Harshwardhan.
Harshwardhan Zala started, after reading in the newspapers about high army casualties due to landmines to work on his own landmine-detecting drone.
Now the state government decided to part finance his final prototype which cost around Rs. 5 lakh (700.000$). The government experts will investigate the possibility of its commercial production.
“An MoU has been signed with him and in the coming days Gujarat government will work with him on this project,” said Dr Narottam Sahu, head of Gujarat Council on Science and Technology.
The Drone detects the mine through an infrared sensor and the detonation is done with a 50 gram detonator attached to the drone. Each unit will cost around 5.000$ in it´s final state.
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