At Aero India 2021, Hyderabad-based Grene Robotics today signed an MoU with Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to jointly develop Autonomous MANPAD Data Link (ADML) system, a first-of-its-kind air defence solution that brings isolated MANPAD operators into a networked environment. The partnership is envisaged to bolster India’s autonomous air defence capability, bringing it on par with the best autonomous defence systems of the world. It will also prove to be a shot in the arm for the Government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat programme.
This technological collaboration has significance for various C5ISRT (Command, Control,
Communication, Computers, Collaboration, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and
Targeting) segments and will reduce the asymmetries in controlled warfare. The technology will be the first to be deployed on MANPADS (short-range weapon systems). MANPADS are forward-deployed Air Defence Systems widely used across the world. The AMDL addresses existing operational limitations in forward areas enabling the Command Centre to give real time firing commands to the soldier leveraging sensor-to-sight capabilities using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
The system has the capability to reduce fratricide, improve dispersed deployment and make MANPADS all-weather capable. The communication system enables real-time target assignment and complete engagement cycle management, which in turn improves the Observe Orient Decide and Act (OODA) loop. The AMDL, thereby, enables greater dispersal of launcher elements in the object area.
AMDL is the answer to the armed forces’ demand for a “Connected Soldier”, who is well served by an augmented reality mechanism and a single-window interface providing real-time combat intelligence to precisely target and neutralise threats. Rajasekhar M V, Director (R&D), stated, “AMDL is a state-of-the-art data link system, which exploits AI to provide a comprehensive air defence solution. We are happy to be partnering with
Grene Robotics, which is a niche company working in the core areas of AI and Robotics.”
Gopi Krishna Reddy, Director, Grene Robotics said, “AMDL is a leap forward air defence
technology to be developed with combined capabilities of BEL and Grene that is the first of
many last mile C5I Systems in the air Defence space. We are grateful to BEL for encouraging a young technology company and partner with us to develop Autonomous Defence capabilities for the armed forces.”