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Multi-Utility Legged Equipment (MULE)

15th September, 2023 Security

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  • The North-Tech Symposium 2023 was jointly organised by the Indian Army's Northern Command, the Society of Indian Defence.
  • One of the equipment displayed at the symposium was a Multi-Utility Legged Equipment (MULE).

All about the Multi-Utility Legged Equipment

  • MULE, is a four-legged equipment, that has a sleek design along with camera and radars.
  • It has a payload capacity of 12 kg, and the equipment can be used on Wi-Fi or Long-Term Evolution (LTE).
  • For short ranges, Wi-Fi can be used, whereas LTE can be used for distances up to 10 km from a remote location.
  • The MULE is an analog-faced machine that is controlled by an easy-to-operate remote control.
  • Several payloads can be attached to the MULE like thermal cameras and radars.
  • It also has a firing platform that can also be integrated into it.
  • Pre-fed missions can be uploaded on the system to convey what mission is to be completed, be it through waypoints or recorded missions.
  • MULE can navigate its trek through all terrains — be it snow-clad ground or rugged mountains.
  • MULE can climb mountains which may present up to 45 degrees incline/climb and also climb steps as high as 18 cm.

Multi Weapon Engagement System (Anti Drone System)

  • Another equipment showcased at the symposium was an AI-based Autonomous Multi Weapon Engagement System (Anti Drone System). Its main objective is to shoot down drones and “kill” them.
  • The system is divided in three parts — the first is a weapon platform where several types of weapons including light machine guns, rifle and carbine can be installed; the second is an AI-based laptop; and the third is a controller box.
  • It consists of two modes — the autonomous mode and manual mode. In autonomous mode, it would detect and track the drone itself, and allow the operator to kill the target. In manual mode, it can be used for a survillance.
  • The system can shoot down any target, ariel or terrastrial.
  • It has been developed by the Military College of Electronics And Mechanical Engineering. (MCEME)