Chennai-based drone startup Garuda Aerospace Pvt Ltd partnered with Malaysia-based HiiLSE Global Sdn Bhd (HiiLSE Drones) on June 22 to set up a 2.42 hectare drone plant in Malaysia with an investment of 11.5 billion rupees. Was announced.
Talk to India ExpressAgnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO of Garuda Aerospace, said the true potential of drone technology has not yet been exploited. “When it comes to drone applications, we’re still just the tip of the iceberg. Garuda Aerospace was founded with the vision of using drone technology to disrupt the multi-billion dollar business sector,” he said. Said.
The startup recently deployed a white knight delivery drone to Assam to support rescue operations in the state’s disaster management department in the midst of an ongoing flood, Jayapura Kash said.
“5G integrated drones enable unprecedented connections, and Garuda is focused on building asset light models to facilitate such connections in rural areas,” added Jayaprakash. In February of this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “Kisan Drone Yatra”. This is a project by Garuda Aerospace to send 100 drones to various parts of the country to spray pesticides on farms. “With the integration of 5G, our Kisan drone will essentially become a village supercomputer, and in the rural areas of India, we will end up with equal opportunities for connectivity,” said Jayaprakash. ..
The company manufactures 30 types of drones, with more than 50 types of services including precision agriculture spray, Industry 4.0 upgrade service, structural damage inspection, warehouse management, seed drop, solar panel cleaning, project monitoring, and hospital drug drone delivery. Is provided. Drone delivery of food packages.
Former Indian cricket player Mahendra Sindoni recently invested in Garuda Aerospace and joined as a brand ambassador.
Jaya Prakash elaborated on whether the company would enter the defense sector, and Garuda Aerospace has armed tactical drones, anti-drones, long-range surveillance UAVs, weaponized drones, tethered drones to establish communications, and He said he is developing a payload capacity drone to supply supplies to the military. “All of these have been independently developed by Garuda Aerospace for the Indian Defense Forces in the last few years,” said Jayapura Kash, adding that the company has demonstrated its capabilities to various defense forces.
“We are currently in talks with a major aerospace and defense industry contractor looking for an Indian manufacturer capable of offset manufacturing. Exciting news will be announced in the next three weeks,” he said. Added.
Recently, India has banned the import of drones. This is a move that is likely to benefit Indian drone companies. “This has spurred many Indian drone startups, and we are now seeing more than 250 startups thriving in the Indian drone ecosystem. Now we are building high quality drone technology and You have the time and bandwidth to offer a solution at a competitive and fair price. You don’t have to worry about illegally imported advanced foreign drones and reduce the price of drones or drone services offered. Dominate the market with.
Financing and financing are major challenges India needs to overcome and need to catch up with strengthening the supply chain for drone manufacturing, said Jaya Prakash, who said Garuda Aerospace “of many Indian drone startups. We are planning to acquire the shares. ” In the next 3 months. “
Garuda Aerospace is well on its way to becoming India’s first drone unicorn startup, he said.