Hyderabad: Mumbai-based Darwin Platform Group of Companies (DPGC) has developed prototypes of military equipment based on Molecular Nano Technology (MNT). DPGC partnered with the Robotics Lab at Woxsen University, Hyderabad for designing and developing these prototypes. Talks are on with the Indian forces and commercialisation of equipment is expected by the year-end.
Under the project, the DPGC plans to provide three MNT-based equipment- military jackets, arms and ammunition & laser-guided munition and guidance against laser guided bombs to the Indian forces. The products will be initially made in the Robotics Lab at Woxsen in Hyderabad and production infrastructure needs will be further evaluated at a later stage, the company sources said.
DPGC Group CEO Dr Raja Roy Choudhury said, “These scientific and military advancements will be all part of DPGC’s aim to resonate with the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. The research in MNT is being led by Indian scientists and researchers. We, through this path-breaking initiative, aim to provide our soldiers with new-age military equipment so that they can defend our borders vigorously without compromising their safety.”
MNT is a scientific advancement where duplicates are created which are smaller, more functional, lighter and cheaper than the original copy. This type of technology can have major military applications.
“For the development of advanced analytic systems, we have collaborated with the Robotics Lab at Woxsen University, Hyderabad. These systems will be created using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software for commercial use. Woxsen University will also assist in the R&D of the prototypes being developed by DPGC This project is being entirely funded by DPGC. As prototypes are ready, we would start supplying advanced military equipment to our armed forces soon, subject to necessary approvals,” added Dr Raja Roy Choudhury.
DPGC plans to apply for incentives under the government’s Innovations for Defense Excellence Funds (iDEX), the company stated.
Advantages of MNT
An Indian soldier typically carries at least 20 kgs of equipment to perform his duty. MNT on the other hand can ensure that a soldier’s equipment doesn’t weigh more than 10 kg and is a much better upgrade than the previous weapons. Military jackets based on MNT are much lighter and have more strength. Use of light bending nano-technology is being used to fabricate camouflage technology into clothing that is being worn by officers in war zones. Sensors are being used to detect fractures in military equipment.
Nano-technology makes things lighter and more robust. Bullets are being made using MNT mechanisms that can pierce through any object or shield. Carbon Nanotubes are being extensively tested in this field and are yielding good results, the company said.
Laser-guided bombs (LGBs) use semi-active laser guidance to strike a designated target with greater accuracy than an unguided bomb. These weapons use onboard electronics to track targets designated by laser, typically in the infrared spectrum, and adjust their glide path to strike the target accurately. MNT is useful for making ammunition stronger.
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