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Indian military inducts indigenous Akash Weapon System into Army Air Defence Corps



By NewsGram Staff Writer

The induction ceremony of Akash Weapon System into the Indian Army Air Defence Corps was organised at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi  on Tuesday.

The ceremony was marked by the handing over of the “key of the weapon system” to General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, who thereafter dedicated the weapon system to the Corps of Army Air Defence by handing over the symbolic key to Lt Gen VK Saxena, DG Army Air Defence.

The Army Chief  complemented the Armed Forces, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) for the integrated approach to develop and deliver the complex missile system to the nation.

Akash Missile System is an indigenously developed supersonic short range surface-to-air missile system with the capability to engage a wide variety of aerial threats like aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and upto an altitude of 20 Km.

The system is capable of simultaneously engaging multiple targets and is capable of providing comprehensive short range missile cover to the vulnerable assets in the field force of the Army. It employs command to line of sight guidance and relies on sophisticated radars and control systems to guide the missile to its targets.

The weapon system has been designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Besides this, a large number of medium & small scale industries have been actively involved in this prestigious indigenous development program.

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L&T Expects 50% of all Surgeries to be Robot-Assisted by 2025

50% of all surgeries will be robot-assisted by 2025, says infrastructure and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T)

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) expects almost 50 per cent of all surgeries to be robot-assisted by 2025. (Representational Image). Wikimedia Commons

Infrastructure and engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) expects almost 50 per cent of all surgeries to be robot-assisted by 2025, as Artificial Intelligence (AI) makes robots precise enough to facilitate complex surgeries, the company said on Monday.

The L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) organised an ‘Experience Walk-through’ as part of a symposium on advancement in robot-assisted surgery to enable participants to get hands-on experience with cutting-edge products and solutions in the medical and medical equipment field.

Experts in the field including Professor Kesh Kesavadas from University of Illinois and the inventor of RoSS Robotic Surgery Simulator, the world’s first stand-alone training system for da Vinci surgical system, and Dr. Ramalingam, from PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore, expect the percentage of robot-assisted surgeries to jump to 50 per cent by 2025 from around 10 per cent today.

The L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) organised an ‘Experience Walk-through’ as part of a symposium on advancement in robot-assisted surgery. Wikimedia Commons

“Training surgeons to become proficient in the use of robots is a major challenge in India. Innovative low-cost training systems such as the Endo-Training kit and new VR/AR based training simulators such as RoSS promises to address the needs of the fast-growing clinical robotic sector,” said Professor Kesh Kesavadas of the University of Illinois in the US.

The symposium was dedicated to discussing the possibilities and advancements in the field of Medical Robotics.

“Technological disruption is transforming the development process across markets, promoting new levels of efficiency and creativity in manufacture of healthcare products,” Abhishek Sinha, COO and Member of the Board at L&T Technology Services, said in a statement.

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“It is also essential to connect with the leading lights of the academia to further the cause of healthcare to all. LTTS is proud to be a part of the technological shift that is transforming the medical and healthcare landscape,” Sinha added. (IANS)