Modi inaugurates manufacturing facilities at Garuda Aerospace
Chennai-based Garuda Aerospace is a drone-as-a-service (DAAS) company.
According to Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO of Garuda Aerospace, Modi practically inaugurated the drone manufacturing facilities at two locations and also pressed a button, resulting in 100 Kisan drones taking off simultaneously from 100 villages.
The 100 drones started agricultural spraying operations in 16 different states to celebrate 75 years of independence as part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, Jayaprakash added.
“Glad to have seen Kisan drones in action in 100 locations across the country. This is a commendable initiative by a dynamic start-up, @garuda_india. Innovative technology will empower our farmers and make farming more profitable,” Modi tweeted.
Modi said the occasion will not only be a milestone for the drone industry, but will also open up a wealth of possibilities.
“I was told that Garuda Aerospace has planned 1 lakh ‘Made in India’ drones over the next two years. This will provide jobs and opportunities for hundreds of young people,” Modi said.
This year’s budget announcements had prioritized technology and innovation and mentioned the use of kisan drones among the various sectors in which drones can be used.
“After liberalizing drone rules in 2021, the government has consistently encouraged Aatmanirbhar Bharat with major policy decisions on Shakthi drone and by banning the import of foreign drones,” Modi added.
“We have rested our faith in young talent and put in place new appropriate policies,” said the prime minister and appreciated young people taking risks in the new field, although he assured that the Center would always support them. .
Garuda has leased space to manufacture its drones from Defsys Solutions in Gurugram, Jayaprakash said.
According to him, Defsys Solutions facilities are equipped with advanced prototype design and testing capabilities.
The 2.5-acre facility is a hub for drone software design, hardware structural testing, type certification, and a manufacturing capacity of 40 drones per day.
Garuda’s proposed Chennai factory is located on a 20-acre facility where mass manufacturing capacity of 100 drones per day and manufacturing of 100,000 kisan drones are planned over the next two years, Jayaprakash added.
The site is also the proposed RPTO (Remote Pilot Training) facility which aims to train aspiring drone pilots.
“The Prime Minister’s launch of our drone facilities fuels Garuda’s vision to become India’s first-ever unicorn drone startup that manufactures six lakh drones and deploys one drone to every Indian village by 2025,” said said Jayaprakash.