Arjun, a kite that is the Army's newest anti-drone flying soldier, displayed his abilities during the India-US war exercise Yuddh Abhyas in Uttarakhand's Auli, India.
This kite, which is perched on an Indian soldier's palm, is quick to take off once it spots its target. It is an unmanned aerial aircraft that is hovering nearby. Arjun is one of the newest drone soldiers in the Indian Army.
Arjun's abilities were on display by the Indian troops during the Yuddh Abhyas India-US war drill in Auli, Uttarakhand.
As the bird soars into the sky fitted with a camera mounted on its head, there is a handler monitoring the flight. So the target, a quadcopter, is locked and taken down.
This particular fusion of a dog's natural instincts and a kite's hawk-eye forms the basis of a novel drone-killing strategy.
The birds is released to detect the target and within minutes it is down after the dogs raise an alarm when they hear the buzzing sound of a hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Although there were other drills present during the Yuddh Abhyas in Auli, Uttarakhand, this one caught the attention of the spectators. As the Kite brought down the drone, US soldiers waited nearby with cameras in an attempt to record the action.
These birds have been trained by the veterinary corps of the Indian Army as a new drone defence strategy. "Many of these birds have received training. They have destroyed drones while conducting trials "an official declared.
It is difficult to combat drones in border and conflict zones. The employment of dangerous combat drones that can launch airborne assaults in addition to surveillance drones, according to officials, "may be a force multiplier to the new anti-drone technology and armaments."
The birds can be employed for surveillance with cameras installed on their heads, in addition to anti-drone activities. The camera records every action, which is watched over on the ground. In 2020, a trial project was launched, and now it has taken flight.
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Edited by: Satyavrat Singh