Setting a classic example of a grassroots, indigenously-built military technology, Rohit Dacharla, a final year student of Chennai-based SRM University, has designed the smallest missile to combat terrorism.
“After watching reports of a number of terrorist and militant attacks in the country, I wanted to make a weapon that comes handy to the armed forces. In situations like Mumbai attack, the military forces cannot enter the buildings and risk the lives of the innocent people in the custody of terrorists. So, I thought of creating a nano robot that can carry about six poisonous missiles and shoot them at the terrorists,” says Rohith to TheHansIndia.
Based on basic canon principle, Rohit prepared a missile with a length of 1 centimetre, which flies on ignition of red phosphorus and hits the target to up to 3-metre of distance.
Rohit tested the missile prototype in the presence of Asst. Commissioner of Police Ramapuram in Chennai. In July 2017, he submitted a video to the Word Records India, a Gujarat-based non-profit initiative to recognize extraordinary achievements. The Bureau of the world records of India, in response, accepted the entry and awarded his prototype the title of ‘smallest working missile’.
Since his childhood, Rohith has been interested in missiles and aerial technologies. His interests grew deeper after he participated in the Air show organized by the Indian Air Force in Vijayawada.
He wanted to continue with his interest area but since the family conditions were not supporting, he obeyed his parent’s choice to study computer science. He nevertheless continued to research on flying machines.
At present, he is now trying to reduce the weight of his missile prototype and change its fuel to offer more thrust so that the missile could cover a longer distance.
Once completed, Rohit wants to hand over the missile to DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), India’s military research and development body, for test and its inclusion in the weaponry of the armed forces.
“I know that a lot of research, tools and hard work is required to make the perfect nano missile, that I am dreaming of. But I am sure that I can make it; I am now forming a team with the likeminded people and looking for sponsors,” says Rohit while sharing happiness about receiving the recognition.
To reach out to Rohith, contact him here.