NCC cadets showcase tech prototypes at DefExpo

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, October 22: The buzz at the 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar, Gujarat was on indigenous innovation to help India scale up its defence productions to eye a bigger pie in the export market amid heightened arms race in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) also came up with innovations to make a mark at the DefExpo, which has created an international buzz which led to frenzied signing of the memorandum of understandings (MoUs).

The NCC cadets of Bihar and Jharkhand Directorate participated as exhibitors during the 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar and displayed three advanced technology prototypes, showcasing the might of the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world. In their UAV prototype, which was designed and developed by the cadets, the innovation promises to offer a versatile platform which can be used for tactical missions ranging from counter insurgency/counter terrorist operations for reconnaissance using remotely controlled cameras.

“It can also be used as a destroyer using GPS. The UAV is a highly economical version and can be easily made for training purposes as well for defence. Currently, the overall weight of the UAV is 1 kg and it can carry a payload of around 0.7 Kgs,” said the Ministry of Defence on Saturday.

The UAV in its current version of the UAV can be well utilised for training army and air force personnel. “We will be shortly coming up with an upgraded version,” said UO Somya Garg, NCC, BIT Mesra and a 4th year mechanical Engineering student.

The cadets also showcased an all-terrain vehicle, developed and designed for all terrain mobility, which is most suitable for last mile connectivity in extreme rugged terrain to deliver ammunition and supplies and can also be used for patrolling and search and destroy operations. “It has features like all wheel independent suspension and can withstand a free fall of six feet. The ATV is capable of towing vehicles upto 1500 kg,” added the Ministry of Defence.

The vehicle can be well utilised for defence applications, said Cdt. Harsh Rana, NCC, BIT Mesra and a 4th year chemical engineering student.

“Being a part of the ATV team, I feel proud and my exposure to DefExpo 2022 will help me to further upgrade the ATV based on the requirement,” said Cdt Aditya Kumar, NCC, BIT Mesra and a 2nd year mechanical engineering student.

Additionally, the cadets have also come up with an innovation for ‘hand gesture sensing BOT’, which can be a remotely controlled robot to find multifarious military uses without exposure of soldiers to enemy.

“I received a lot of compliments from senior official of Armed Forces and MoD for developing the hand gesture bot. I will certainly upgrade the current prototype for meeting armed forces requirement and commercialise this product,” said Cdt. Jainam Nahar, NCC, BIT Mesra and a 2nd year electronics and communication engineering student.

All these prototypes were displayed to senior dignitaries from Armed Forces and MoD. They showed keen interest about the displayed prototypes and lauded the efforts of Bihar and Jharkhand Directorate NCC for showcasing the talent of cadets at such an event.

“I feel proud to see that the NCC cadets have come up with such a useful innovative product and they have displayed in the DefExpo 2022. I am sure that their innovation will not only address the defence requirements but also will be useful for the social needs,” said Sudhir K Mishra, Ex-CMD, Brahmos.

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