Hyd-based Svaya Robotics develops indigenous quadruped robot for defence sector

Currently, these robots are being imported from USA and Switzerland to help the country’s defence requirements

Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Svaya Robotics, in collaboration with DRDO Labs - Research and Development Establishment, Pune (R&DE) and Defense Bio-engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory, Bangalore (DEBEL), has developed India’s first quadruped robot and wearable exo-skeleton, respectively as technology demonstrators with their design inputs.

Currently, these robots are being imported from USA and Switzerland to help the country’s defence requirements and to strengthen defence capabilities.

Robotics is poised to play a very important role in the defence and security sectors with the DRDO taking the lead to develop them indigenously under “Make in India” drive, with aid from industry partners such as Svaya Robotics. Current robots are made for structured environments with limited capabilities and are not suited for deployment in difficult situations to manoeuver terrains and field operational conditions, that Indian defence and security forces are uniquely faced with.

Dr. Sateesh Reddy, scientific advisor to the Union Defence Minister and former chairman of DRDO, visited Svaya Robotics development facility in Hyderabad, along with other senior scientists of DRDO labs - R&DE and DEBEL on Monday.

Dr. Sateesh Reddy reviewed the development of the robots that Svaya has undertaken to develop with DRDO inputs. He expressed satisfaction with the progress of works.

Vijay R. Seelam, founder and Managing Director of Svaya Robotics said that they were happy to associate with the DRDO as part of the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat mission to make India self-reliant.

The quadruped robot was indigenously developed by Svaya in collaboration with DRDO and is made for navigating in unstructured terrains to provide remote reconnaissance and inspection for the defense and security forces which otherwise are not safe for humans to operate in.

The exo-skeleton is being developed by Svaya to suit Indian soldier’s anthropometry and augment soldier strength for both walking long distances without fatigue and to lift heavy loads without expending much effort. Both are dual-use robots and have multiple use cases in both Industry and healthcare.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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