A ‘helmet gun’, courtesy school dropout (With Images)

February 27th, 2009 - 1:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Varanasi, Feb 27 (IANS) A helmet gun with a wireless trigger? It might sound like sci-fi, but that’s exactly what a school dropout in Uttar Pradesh has devised to help commandos in counter-terror operations. And he might even get funding for his innovation - if he manages to pass Class 10.

Shyam Chaurasia, a resident of Varanasi district, has designed the helmet gun, which can fire in all directions. “In all, there are 13 barrel guns that are mounted on a helmet to be worn by an NSG (National Security Guard) commando,” Chaurasia, 21, told IANS.

NSG commandos were hailed as the men who helped flush out terrorists in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

Chaurasia’s helmet gun can fire in various directions, even at the back, and thus could be quite useful for commandos to eliminate terrorists striking from behind, said Chaurasia, who gave up studies after he failed in his high school examinations twice.

The helmet has 10 barrel guns that rotate on top, a single barrel gun on the left and double barrel guns on the rear and is operated by a wireless trigger.

“The wireless trigger can also be installed alongside the trigger of the normal gun carried by a commando. The wireless trigger also offers options to fire simultaneously or one by one by the 13 barrel guns mounted on the helmet,” said Chaurasia.

He said if defence scientists further develop the helmet gun, it could fire around 70 bullets at a time with a range of around 60 metres.

Developed for around Rs.700, the helmet gun can fire 13 bullets at a go within a range of 35 metres.

Impressed by the helmet gun, the officials of the Technopreneur Promotion Programme (TePP) that is governed by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) have sent a proposal to the department for funding Chaurasia.

“Although we have sent the proposal, it would be cleared only when Chaurasia passes Class 10, as matriculation is the minimum eligibility for availing oneself of funds,” P.K. Mishra, TePP convenor in Varanasi, told IANS on phone.

“We would assist Chaurasia in completing his Class 10 studies. The helmet gun can be improved further under the technical guidance of scientists,” added Mishra.

TePP along with its network partners provide technical guidance and mentoring to independent innovators to emerge as entrepreneurs by incubating their ideas.

(Asit Srivastava can be contacted at asit.s@ians.in)

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