Tech Thursday: Terror attacks lead duo to create bomb-defusing robot

Two students from Sapthagiri College of Engineering (SCE) in Bangalore have designed and developed a manually-controlled robot, Abhimanyu that defuses bombs.

The deaths of the security personnel
in the 26/11 terror attacks inspired two students from Sapthagiri College of Engineering (SCE) in Bangalore to design and develop a manually-controlled robot, Abhimanyu that defuses bombs.  

Abhimanyu is a remote controlled robot. It is equipped with wireless camera to send video signals to monitor the robot and the surroundings. It has a light source, so that it can work at night and a robot car which gives the platform for mounting gun, arm, light sources and camera. The robot also has a full functional arm— this arm has got 5 degree of movement and this makes it very flexible (this helps in defusing the bombs and doing almost any kind of mechanical work.) 

“The deaths of our security personnel in the 26/11 terror attacks inspired us to start this project. If one uses a military robot in such emergencies, the lives of many a soldier can be saved. This really motivated us and we wanted to give back something to the society, so me and Nitesh started working on this robot,” Says Rajaneesh Bhat.

Rajaneesh and Nitesh with Robot AbhimanyuRajaneesh and Nitesh with Robot Abhimanyu

Further explaining about the robot, he says “It can be used in military search operations and also for patrolling in sensitive areas when curfew is imposed. We’ve made it in such a way so that it can be helpful for a lot of things. It can also be used in mining industries to inspect the atmosphere before the workers are sent,”  

Abhimanyu has peacetime utility as well. The robot is disabled-friendly, thanks to its flexible arms. “People with disabilities can use a remote and monitor the robot’s movements on a screen. They can thus get the robot to fetch items from around the house for them,” Nitesh Kumar explained.

The duo took six months to develop the robot, but had to construct a low-cost model due to lack of funds. So far they’ve spent Rs. 15,000 to build one piece and are planning to come up with more robots. “We have many more ideas which we want to convert into reality and this would definitely help our society and armed forces. But lack of funds is the biggest problem, our aim is to make it completely automatic so that it can both detect and defuse a bomb,” Says Nitesh.  

Following the testing phase, Rajaneesh and Nitesh have begun developing their design and adding more features to it. “Abhimanyu has a few vulnerabilities. It cannot work underwater or climb a steep incline,” Says Rajaneesh.  

“The flaws in the current design can be overcome by adding a few components. We are hoping that government agencies like the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) will fund our project,”  

As for the future plans, Rajaneesh says “We want to increase the efficiency of Abhimanyu by using standard motors and parts. We want to make it fully automatic so that it can detect and defuse any kind of bomb,”
To know more, you can contact Rajaneesh at
Tags: abhimanyu, bomb defusing robot, defuse bombs, 26/11 terror attacks, engineering students


nirmal May 15th, 2012 08:40 PM

plz snd me the  synopsis of this robot

AMIT Jan 12th, 2012 04:00 PM

this is my final year project ,we oprate it both manually and automatically,,

ADITYA PATEL Sep 13th, 2011 12:31 PM

i m final year student..from last 2 years i m also trying to make bomb diffusing pls help me..
pls send me ur report or data related to this robot.

raziyajain Mar 29th, 2011 10:09 AM final yr project also bomb diffusing robo...can u send some materials about u ll help me a lot...

JEFFERSON THOMAS Mar 12th, 2011 09:34 AM

dear sir, may i know how to make a manually controlled robot?

G.jyothsna Mar 09th, 2011 11:23 PM

hiiiiiiiii.iam student of mech can u plz send more info about this bomb diffusion robot 

Sandeep Nov 13th, 2010 09:48 PM

I m final year mechanical student from orissa. I also intrested to make the robot but i don't know where i will get the parts in low cost. If u help me in that then i will very happy.
Plz reply me soon

PAWAN KUMAR Oct 10th, 2010 01:42 AM

i am electronics final yr. student interested in making bomb defusing robot .how can i..?plz help me dear.

Basavraj Parit Aug 21st, 2010 02:29 PM

Very good work
i have also to make wireless security robot as my project so ur  data will helpfull to me..... 

navraj shahi Aug 02nd, 2010 11:55 AM

nice work.

shashank Jul 30th, 2010 09:45 PM

hey bros nyc work.....:)
i hav 2 make bomb difusing robot as 3rd year project so plz help me related 2 it...!
thanx a lot..!

nitesh kumar Jun 24th, 2010 01:17 PM

when we started doing this project we had no idea .There was no support from the college .We had no guide to help us .The whole project is developed with 15000 rs .
further if you want6 to know any thing else .please fell free

ANAND BALAJI Jun 24th, 2010 12:34 PM

This is not for the first time that students in a college in Bangalore have developed this system. When I was the editor of Science and Tech supplement in the now-defunct Vijay Times, I wrote extensively about students from Dr. Ambedkar College of Engg who'd devised the same kind of device to defuse bombs in 2004.
I don't mean to sound cruel, but the fact of the matter is, most of these inventions get nowhere and the students ultimately end up having their hopes dashed.

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