Indian Army disinfectant drone that kills Coronavirus: Check Here

Indian Army disinfectant drone that kills Coronavirus: Check Here

Indian Army disinfectant drone that kills Coronavirus: The  Indian Army has developed a range of products to aid India’s battle against the Covid-19 pandemic which includes Drones that can disinfect large areas in minutes, an ultraviolet-light sanitiser that can kill viruses in seconds and a surgical mask developed by 3D printing 

The products have been developed by the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), an arms and service branch of the Army responsible for the design, development, trial, inspection and refit of weapon systems and other equipment.

A senior Army officer said that it was a routine practice for the corps to devise innovations from existing resources when a situation demanded critical engineering solutions.

“These current products are completely in-house designed and developed and have been user-validated,” the officer said. “We have some capacity to self-manufactur and are also open to industry collaboration for giving out wide-reach benefits to the nation,” the officer added.

The Indian Army said the quadcopters — drones with four rotors — designed by the force were equipped with disinfectant sprays that can sanitise larger areas exposed to contamination in a short time.

The quadcopter can carry five litres of disinfectant at one time. With a spray height of 10 metres, it can cover an area the size of a football field in about five minutes, the officer added. The drone is currently undergoing trials at the 505 Army Base Workshop in Delhi, the Army said.

The cost of each drone would be Rs 7.5 lakh and the Army can manufacture two in a week, but this depends on the availability of batteries, which has been limited because of the lockdown. The UV-light sanitiser has been developed by the 509 Army Base Workshop in Agra. The sanitiser uses ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for disinfection.

The Army said the sanitiser can kill 99.9 per cent of surface bacteria and viruses without any use of chemicals.  The cost of the sanitiser would be Rs 800, and the Army can turn out 10 pieces a day.

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