The National Security Guard (NSG), which is an Indian special forces unit under Ministry of Home Affairs, has been provided with the latest weaponry available including a ‘dogo robot’ armed with remote pistol, a 3D fly-on-the-wall radar to see through a 20-m-thick wall and a grenade-dropping drone in order to carry out its lethal counter-terror operations with a punch of stealth.
The federal contingency force decided to induct some of the smartest gadgets and arms being used by SWAT teams and Special Forces all over the world based on the experiences it has had in preventing terror attacks and hostage situations in closed urban spaces.
The NSG had recently upgraded its sniper rifles and inducted the German PSG1 A1 in order to give its marksmen an upper hand over others. The PSG1 A1 is a 7.2 kg weighing rifle with telescopic sight carries an enhanced number of 20 rounds to engage and pin down targets for a longer time and is complemented with longer range and extreme accuracy. It is an upgrade of the PSG1 sniper variant currently being used by the special force.
The Indian security forces have been using drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for quite sometime now, but the force has only recently added its crack teams with a locally made ‘munition launcher system’ that is capable of carrying a pair of 38mm grenades to stealthily drop in enemy territories with the precision and aide of the in-built spy camera.
The four small rotors of the grenade-dropping white-coloured drone helps it in taking it to the air. The drone is controlled on the ground remotely by a operator who is camouflaged with the surroundings.
According to several experts in the field, the Israel-made ‘dogo robot’ is one of the most clever and lethal weaponry that the NSG has added to its capabilities. It is capable of dragging its 11.5kg weight towards a hidden terrorist and then informs the commando teams about the terrorist’s exact hiding location and arms and ammunition holding via a camera feed.
The dogo robot is capable of being armed with a small Glock pistol in order to shoot the target (terrorist) from a joystick control board and provide an intervention opportunity to the waiting commandos teams. It also comes with a two-way encrypted audio system that will allow the robot’s operator to listen and intervene in hostage situations without the flat device itself coming into the target’s notice.
A few pieces of the dogo robot have been procured by the NSG for its counter-hijack and counter-terror operations task, at a cost of Rs 76 lakh each. It has been named dogo robot so by taking inspiration from the capabilities of a Argentine Mastiff.
Coming to the 14-kg 3D fly-on-the-wall radar, it is an upgradation from its 2D variant that the NSG had employed during the last year’s January Pathankot IAF base attack. The 3D variant is capable of giving the commandos pictures from across a 20-meter thick wall with a 80 degree field of view. The weaponry, which can be easily placed on the outside of a closed room like a fly-on-the-wall, comes at a price point of Rs 1 crore.
Taking cognisance from the emerging terror scenario in the world, the NSG has decided to equip its commandos with all the latest gadgets available.
In addition to the aforementioned weaponry, the NSG has also procured light-weight Israeli and US-made ‘corner shot’ rifles that is capable of taking down terrorists and saving hostages with precision, without ever exposing the commandos.
In addition to the Indian Defence sector, the Indian Mining sector has also realised the potential of drones. We recently reported how the Ministry of Mines has decided to give a major push to using of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in order to increase India’s mining sector efficiency. Prior to that, we had also reported about how there’s a huge opportunity for Drone Startups in India as the country is looking to employ more drones to monitor its borders.