Indian Defense Startup IDR Unveils ‘Kamikaze’ Nano Drones for Anti-Insurgency Operations
In a significant development for India’s defense sector, Indian defense startup IDR (Indian Defense Research) has successfully unveiled a range of nano drones designed for anti-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. The drones, developed by a team of engineers from IIT Roorkee, hold immense potential in the fight against insurgency and terrorism. With an endurance of up to 30 minutes and incredible speeds of 80 kmph, these nano drones are set to revolutionize the defense landscape.
Formed just two years ago by a group of talented engineers from IIT Roorkee, IDR Research and Development has made remarkable strides in the development of these cutting-edge nano drones. Mayank Pratap Singh, the co-founder of IDR, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, This is the first time that nano drones have been developed indigenously in this country.
The latest offering from IDR is the Doot Mk1 nano drone, available in three specialized variants, each catering to specific operational requirements. Recently showcased at the North-tech symposium, these drones have garnered attention from security forces and defense experts. Weighing approximately 200 grams, the Doot Mk1 drones offer an impressive endurance of 30 minutes and can attain a maximum speed of 80 kmph, all while maintaining minimal sound output. Moreover, these drones feature artificial intelligence capabilities, empowering them to identify up to 80 different objects.
One variant of the nano drone has been optimized for outdoor operations, while another is tailored for indoor settings. However, the most intriguing variant is the ‘Kamikaze’ version named Parush. This particular drone is designed to explode upon reaching its target, effectively neutralizing threats. Singh explained that these explosive drones would need to be programmed to identify enemy hideouts and detonate directly in those locations. He added, Parush means lethal or destructive. We have successfully tested the explosive drone recently and are working on the safety part now. It will be ready by December.
The Doot Mk1 drone offers seamless coordination in close combat scenarios through its live feed relayed to multiple screens. With a range of 1.5 kilometers, it can operate indoors or within buildings covering 200 to 300 meters, making it an invaluable asset for anti-terrorism operations, close-quarter combats, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
The nano drones developed by IDR have already undergone extensive testing by various commands of the armed forces, including the NSG (National Security Guard) and Assam rifles. The Army has already procured 20 units, recognizing the significance of these technological advancements in combating insurgency and terrorism.
Singh emphasized that Indian conditions were taken into consideration when creating these drones, thus ensuring their successful performance in high-altitude regions, deserts, and varying weather conditions. This highlights the importance of these nano drones as essential tools for maintaining law and order, conducting effective interventions, and gathering vital intelligence.
While the mini drones currently in use in India are predominantly the US-manufactured ‘Black Hornet,’ IDR’s homegrown nano drones offer a unique edge, specifically crafted to address the nation’s defense requirements with precision and efficiency.
IDR is actively exploring opportunities to export its products, with promising discussions already underway with countries such as Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Morocco. Additionally, the Cambodian army has expressed interest in procuring these drones, showcasing the growing global demand for advanced defense technology.
The successful launch of these nano drones by IDR marks a significant milestone in India’s defense sector. With their exceptional capabilities and versatility, these drones are poised to bolster the country’s counter-terrorism efforts and enhance overall security. As IDR continues its groundbreaking research and development endeavors, it is expected to play a crucial role in shaping the future of India’s defense capabilities.