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Robot for handling unexploded ordnance ready for technology transfer | India News

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BENGALURU: A state-of-the-art unexploded ordnance handling robot (UXOR) that can handle and disable unexploded ordnance (UXO) – bombs, motors and missiles – up to 1,000 kg remotely from 1 km line of sight (LOS) it is ready for technology transfer to private companies.
Designed and developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization’s Research and Development Establishment (Engineers) (DRDO), the agency offers three licenses for the production of the UXOR, which has already completed user trials with the US Air Force. India (IAF).
Sateesh Reddy, President of DRDO, told TOI: “Both the Indian Army and the Air Force are interested in the project. We have already issued an expression of interest (EoI). ”
According to DRDO, the UXOR is based on an internal combustion (IC) engine and has a crawler skid steer deck (like the JCBs), good cross-country mobility with six hours of endurance.
“You can deactivate unexploded ordnance with low-order detonation. The robot is equipped with an abrasive waterjet cutting machine for box entry / cut through UXO. It is equipped with two manipulator arms, one for handling heavy pumps up to 1,000 kg and the other with the cutting nozzle, ”said DRDO.
The agency added that the seven-axis manipulator holds the nozzle through which the abrasive compound is used to cut steel (up to 25mm thick) and make the UXOs safe by removing the fuse for smaller appliances or the box cutting for large pumps.
The EoI has been issued by the Establishment for Research and Development (Engineers), a first-rate laboratory under DRDO. “The EoI is expected to come from original manufacturers who have enough experience, knowledge and willingness to do production work. The company must be technologically sound to manufacture and supply the system with the required quality standards ”, according to the DRDO.
One scientist explained that the problems with unexploded ordnance (explosive ordnance thrown, placed, fired, or thrown in such a way that it does not explode as expected) is that over time, the detonator and main charge deteriorate, making them more sensitive to disturbances and therefore more dangerous to handle.
The DRDO added that the UXOR has multiple degree of freedom (DOF) manipulator arms with a choke mechanism to deactivate unexploded ordnance.

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