Harshavardhan Zala, a 14 year old boy who pitched for his drone production startup meant for implementation in India’s defense services.
Harshavardhan has designed a drone that can be used in the war fields to detect land mines as well as diffuse such land mines threats. The drone would work in a way to defend the forces and neutralize threat prone war-fields.
He signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the state government, Gujarat, closing a deal worth Rs. 5 Crores. The bagged amount is to be used for working on the prototype, further research and production of the drones.
Zala, a class 10th student has designed 3 prototypes and has been working on it since 2016.
As reported by TOI—-
Zala said he started work on the prototype of the landmine-detecting drone in 2016 and created a business plan too.
“The inspiration struck when I was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually,”
said the 14-year-old, who spent not less than Rs 5 lakh on the three prototypes of the drone. While the teen’s parents shelled out approximately Rs 2 lakh for the first two prototypes, he was granted Rs 3 lakh from the state for the third prototype.
“The drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high resolution pictures as well,”
“The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine ,”