EyeROV TUNA: India’s first underwater robotic drone handed over to NPOL

India’s first underwater robotic drone which can send real-time videos of ships and other underwater structures to help with their repair and maintenance, was launched on September 14, 2018 and handed over to the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) of DRDO. The first commercial Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)/underwater drone, named EyeROV TUNA, was developed by EyeROV Technologies. NPOL, a laboratory of Delhi-headquartered Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), made the first order of the product. The robotic drone can be navigated up to a depth of 50 metres to take real-time HD video images to examine ship hulls or undersea cables or bridge moorings, eliminating the need for costlier and riskier manual inspection by divers. The remotely operated underwater vehicle, EyeROV TUNA, weighs less than 10 kilogram and can be used for inspection of ship hulls, ports, dams and nuclear power plants. EyeROV is a light rover which can be easily accessed and controlled with the supporting attached and connected hardware such as laptops and joysticks. The drone will be used by NPOL for research and development activities which in turn would result in a commercial product for defense purposes.