Enhanced Collaborative Autonomous Rover System (ECARS)

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The Defence Minister recently unveiled the Enhanced Collaborative Autonomous Rover System (ECARS) at the North Tech Symposium.

About Enhanced Collaborative Autonomous Rover System (ECARS)

  • It is a cutting-edge 4×4 multi-terrain unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).
  • It was developed by Pune’s Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Bharat Forge.
  • Features:
  • It is armed with an enhanced collision avoidance system and advanced mission planning capabilities, rendering it a dependable resource for a wide range of military situations. 
  • The speed ranges between 16 and 20 kilometres per hour.
  • It has a payload capacity of 350 Kg and a towing payload capacity of 500 Kg.
  • One of the key features of ECARS is its compatibility with various systems, including Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS), Water Jet machines, and the transportation of heavy materials across border and water channels. 
  • Functions: Border surveillance, strategic asset perimeter security, riot control operations, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) incidents, fire-fighting, chemical spraying, and meeting various payload requirements.

North-Tech Symposium 2023:

  • It was jointly organised by the Indian Army's Northern Command, the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and IIT-Jammu.
  • The event comprised exhibitions, product launches, one-on-one structured interactions, technical seminars, ideas and innovation displays, as well as military equipment displays. 

Q1: What are Water jet machines?

Water jet machines are powerful industrial tools that use high-pressure streams of water to cut, shape, or clean various materials. These machines are highly versatile and find applications in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, construction, and more. The key components of a water jet machine include a high-pressure pump, a cutting nozzle, and a control system. 

Source: Rajnath unveils multi-terrain unmanned ground vehicle developed in Pune by Bharat Forge