Robot to handle unexploded ordnance ready for tech transfer
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BENGALURU: A state-of-the-art Unexploded Ordnance Handling Robot (UXOR) that may deal with and defuse unexploded ordnance (UXOs) — bombs, motors and missiles — as much as 1,000 kg remotely from 1km Line Of Sight (LOS) is prepared for know-how switch to personal corporations.
Designed and developed by the defence analysis and improvement organisation’s (DRDO) Research and Development Establishment (Engineers), the company is providing three licences for manufacturing of the UXOR, which has already accomplished consumer trials with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Sateesh Reddy, chairman, DRDO informed TOI: “Both the Indian army and the air force are interested in the project. We have issued an expression of interest (EoI) already.”
According to DRDO, the UXOR relies on an IC (inside combustion) engine and has a tracked Skid Steer Loader platform (like JCBs), good cross nation mobility with six hours of endurance.
“It can defuse UXO with low order detonation. The Robot is equipped with an abrasive water jet cutting machine for case entry/through cut of UXOs. It is equipped with two manipulator arms, one for handling heavy bombs up to 1,000 kg and the other with the cutting nozzle,” DRDO mentioned.
The company added that the seven axis manipulator holds the nozzle by means of which the abrasive compound is used to chop by means of metal (as much as 25mm thick) and render the UXO protected by removing of fuse for smaller ordnance or case chopping for giant bombs.
The EoI has been issued by the Research & Development Establishment (Engineers), a premier lab below DRDO. “The EoI is expected from original manufacturers having sufficient experience, expertise and willingness to undertake production work. The firm should be technologically sound to manufacture and supply the system with requisite quality standards,” as per the DRDO.
One scientist defined that the issues with UXOs — explosive ordnance launched, positioned, fired or launched in such a manner that it fails to blow up as meant — is that over time, the detonator and foremost cost deteriorate, making them extra delicate to disturbance, and, thus, extra harmful to deal with.
The DRDO added that the UXOR has a number of Degrees of Freedom (DOF) manipulator arm with a chopping mechanism to defuse the unexploded ordnance.

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