Ahmedabad, Jan 14 : : A 14-year-old Gujarat boy has signed an agreement worth Rs. 5 crore for a feasibility study on commercial production of a drone he has created to detect and defuse landmines in war fields, NDTV reports.
Harshwardhan Zala, a class 10 student started working on the prototype of the landmine-detecting drone last year with the thought of containing high army casualties due to landmines.
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, NDTV quoted Harshwardhan as saying.
The state Government first part financed his final prototype which cost him around Rs. 5 lakh and then engaged experts to explore the possibility of its commercial production.
NDTV quoted Harshwardhan as saying that once the mine was detected by the drone through an infrared sensor, a 50 gram detonator will complete the task of defusing it.
According to him, the final prototype of the drone cost around Rs. 3.2 lakh and improving it further may increase the cost. But it will be still cheaper than the present system used in Army.
Harshwardhan, whose father is an accountant, has set up his own company - Aerobatics 7 - and plans to create more such gadgets.