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14 YO Harshavardhan Zala signs MoU worth 5 Cr for defense drones with Gujarat Govt


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.

Harsharvardhan Zala signed mou 5 crore gujarat government



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.

Harsharvardhan Zala signed mou 5 crore gujarat government

“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.

Wired to locate and destroy..
“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,”
explained the class 10 student. The drone is designed to send out waves that cover eight sq mt area while flying two feet above the surface; the waves detect land mines and communicate their location with a base station.
“The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine ,”
explained Zala, who was looking at manufacturing the drone and getting it tested by security agencies.
Source: PTI / TOI.
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