New Delhi, India – The Drone Federation of India (DFI), an industry body for the country’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Army’s Army Design Bureau (ADB) to accelerate drone technology development and indigenization in the drone ecosystem. The industry-Army collaboration will begin with an industry development program called ‘Him Drone-a-thon’, which will solicit proposals from drone startups and companies in India to be deployed by the Army. The program’s first phase will aim to develop drones for use in Army operations in the Himalayas.
The ADB intends to provide mentoring and facilitate field visits to selected participants to expose Indian industry to real-life operational scenarios. The new collaboration’s scope of operations will include developing a roadmap for drone deployments in India’s defense forces, conducting research and development, manufacturing, and enabling the adoption of drones and counter-drones. Counter UAVs typically work to prevent intrusions into protected airspace, while drones or other UAVs are used for reconnaissance and offensive operations.
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