Garuda Aerospace, one of the country’s leading drone start-ups and a beneficiary of the PLI scheme, is cooperating with Elbit Systems, a globally renowned high-end technology business, to equip commercial and government clients with Skylark 3 UAS drones.
These high-tech drones will be loaded with sophisticated sensors and used for large-scale mining operations for steel mills and coal mines, such as BCCL and Coal India, as well as NTPC sites around the nation.
According to the firm, Drone Shakti initiatives would also involve the cooperative development of technology and implementation.
Garuda and Elbit Systems, an Israeli firm, have decided to work on the design, production, and customization of unmanned aerial vehicles for a number of commercial purposes. According to reports, these improved drones can function for around six to nine hours, enhancing both cost-effectiveness and durability.
Skylark 3 will be utilized largely for Survey of India projects including the large-scale surveying and mapping of villages as part of the Swamitva Plan, which was started in April of last year following the successful completion of the pilot phase of the scheme in nine states.
The mapping of land parcels using drone technology and the provision of a ‘Record of Rights’ to village household owners, as well as the issuance of legal ownership cards (Property cards/Title deeds) to the property owners, distinguish this initiative as a reformative step toward establishing clear property ownership in rural inhabited areas.
Garuda Aerospace, the most successful firm with Swamitva projects, has recently completed the low-cost mapping of more than 7,000 villages for the government in less than a year.
Additionally, it should be highlighted that this Tamil Nadu-based organization has gained the essential licenses from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), making it the 31st Remote Pilot Training Organisation in the country (RPTO).
Garuda Aerospace’s income in the mapping service vertical is predicted to expand by over 1000% due to the latest agreement between Indian and Israeli companies, unveiled at the Defence Expo.
Garuda Aerospace’s founder and chief executive officer, Agnishwar Jayaprakash, stated, “We have always been known for providing multiple high-tech drone-related services, and this partnership will propel us to become India’s most valuable start-up, scale, and fulfill the multiple requirements for commercial UAVs usage.”
“Following the signing of an important MOU with Lockheed Martin, we revealed our new Delta Wing Tactical Drone, dubbed Vajra,” Jayaprakash explained.
Regarding the latest agreement, Ziv Timor, the senior director of Elbit’s UAVs business unit, noted that Elbit and Garuda would be able to efficiently meet India’s increasing demand for civil UAVs.
However, Vishal Saurav, CEO, and co-founder of VFLYX India told News18 that importing foreign advanced technology will improve overall performance.
“Additionally, it will improve the user experience, hence fostering a more competitive atmosphere for other indigenous drone firms to strive for and improve their offerings,” he added.
“We are also pursuing partnerships with foreign corporations in order to bring the most advanced technology to India.” An official announcement will be made in the near future.”