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Control system: Indian firm delivers C2 capability to armed forces

A conceptual image that Grene Robotics says shows the layers of protection Indrajaal can offer to defend critical infrastructure from low RCS threats. (Grene Robotics)

Hyderabad-based Grene Robotics has developed a command-and-control (C2) system that it says leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to co-ordinate with military systems, supporting faster decision-making on the battlefield.

Several versions of the C2 system have been delivered to the Indian military, and have been used to support the development of a counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) named Indrajaal.

Wing Commander (retd) MVN Sai, director of emerging technologies at Grene Robotics, told Janes that Indrajaal manages a network of subsystems to detect and counter low radar cross-section (RCS) aerial threats including medium-altitude and high-altitude long-endurance (MALE and HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), loitering munitions, UAV swarms, as well as guided munitions with a range of 40–60 km.

Sai said the company envisages the operation of one Indrajaal C-UAS system defending an area of around 4,000 km² “instead of deploying nearly 20 separate C-UASs to do the same”. Such an area could include military bases or critical infrastructure.

Kiran Raju, founder and CEO of Grene Robotics, said the first Indrajaal prototype will be launched and demonstrated to representatives from the Indian Armed Forces, Ministry of Home Affairs, paramilitary, and industry, at an airfield in Hyderabad in the first half of 2023.

Sai said the company has developed algorithms that will enable communication between the systems Indrajaal will employ to counter aerial threats. Such systems could be jammers, directed-energy weapons (DEWs) such as lasers, net launchers, conventional weapons such as light machine guns and medium machine guns, and expendable UAVs.

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