Scientists developing micro-craft to fight chemical weapons

Scientists in Bangalore, India, are developing systems that can be mounted on micro-aerial vehicles and used by law enforcement and armed forces to counter the threat of terrorists armed with chemical weapons.

In emergency situations, gathering intelligence assumes a great amount of importance in developing a contingency plan, but law enforcement agencies and the military often lack the proper resources. MAVs are believed to be able to take up the challenge, and at a low cost, according to

“The MAVs are able to reach inaccessible areas, detect the cause of the accident, capture and send images, thus helping in rescue operations,” a scientist familiar with the project told

The research scientists of the National Program for MAVs foresee a future where unmanned micro-craft can detect the use of chemical agents and send the data back to base, enabling a more accurate, real time assessment.

“MAVs are the future with the ‘algorithms’ of warfare changing drastically over the years, and India, though late in embarking on a MAV project of this magnitude, will not be left behind.” Lt. Gen. (retired) V J Sundaram, one of the pioneers of MAVs in the country, said, according to

Sundaram said that the technology being used to detect chemicals in warfare is a combination of electrical engineering and biological findings.

“The creation of sensors is inspired by the human body," Sundaram said, according to "Just like how we humans can detect various particles through our senses, we want to develop electronic sensors that can perform the same job for us in drastic situations."