18-year-old, Harshwardhansinh Zala from Ahmedabad is going to supply the Indian Army with landmine-detecting drones. His drones and efforts have received praise from Indian PM Narendra Modi Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.
18-year-old supplies Indian Army with landmine-detecting drones
When Harshwardhansinh Zala was nine years old he tinkered with household appliances. By the age of twelve, he started Aerobotics7. And by the time he was 16 years old he met PM Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Now, at the ripe age of 18, he will supply with the Indian Army with landmine-detecting drones. I’m not sure what is more impressive.
The fact that Harshwardhansinh Zala is only 18 years old or that drones can also be used to detect landmines. Either way, his story needs some recognition. According to an interview, Harshwardhansinh Zala said:
“By the age of 12, I had roughly completed 42 projects, eight robots, and five different types of drones.”
He also wanted to do something for humanity and once he learned about the injuries that old landmines can cause people, he decided to do something about that.
“The detectors that existed could detect only metal landmines, not plastic ones. Plus, it required human intervention,” he said.
In India, Harshwardhansinh earned money to fund his business aspirations by teaching older engineering students and helping them to finalize their final year projects. After three failed projects he launched his first successful one in January 2016. He presented his unmanned aircraft at Vibrant Gujarat 2017 nd presented his invention to Government of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in January 2018 at iCreate.
“Both the PMs were very impressed with us and indeed, it was a big moment for me,” says the entrepreneur who just completed his class X.
Harshwardhansinh says that the drones can detect landmines up to eight feet underground while flying at an AGL of 10 feet.
“We are also in talks with governments in Africa like South Sudan to see if they would be interested in our drones,” he said.
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