GRSE launched Neerakshi, India’s first Indigenous AUV to Detect Mines

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Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd of Kolkata developed India’s first Indigenous AUV to Detect Mines. The name of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (UAV) is “Neerakshi”.This marks India’s pioneering endeavor in the defense sector, aimed at safeguarding coastlines through underwater mine detection—a groundbreaking advancement.

GRSE launched Neerakshi, India’s first Indigenous AUV to Detect Mines

Why In the News?

On July 28, 2023, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Defence (MoD), unveiled “Neerakshi” (meaning “Eyes in the Water”).

It is India’s first indigenous Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) designed for mine detection.

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Developed by?

This remarkable underwater vehicle emerges from the collaborative efforts of Kolkata-based warship manufacturer GRSE Ltd and Aerospace Engineering Private Ltd (AEPL), a Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) entity.

The debut of AUV Neerakshi was graced by Samir V Kamat, Secretary of the Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D), and Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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About AUV Neerakshi

The striking orange-hued prototype of this cylindrical unmanned vehicle spans 2.1 meters in length, with a diameter of around 0.30 meters, and a weight of approximately 45 kilograms.

Capable of bearing 4 hours of operation and diving to depths of up to 300 meters, it proves invaluable for coastal safety operations.

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While currently equipped for mine detection, Neerakshi’s future enhancements aim to encompass mine disposals.

The versatile Neerakshi excels in multiple roles, including mine detection, disposal, and underwater surveying.

Following thorough trials conducted by the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, and Army, the commercial launch is anticipated within the coming 6 months to a year.

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