Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, a future in India?

Recent happenings in India justifying the above caption:

  • Tamil Nadu government has identified two unused airstrips. They are located in Ulundurpet and Cholavaram. Either of these two airstrips can be used for setting up the drone hub
  • They are encouraging companies in Pan India and abroad to open up their facilities in these areas
  • The Indian government has further banned the import of drones with immediate effect to promote make-in-India initiative. However, there is an exception for R&D, Defence and security.
  • The government has also approved a PLI scheme (Production linked incentive), scheme for drones and their components with a budget approval of INR 120 crore for three financial years.


Facilities available:

To reduce the entry barriers for these drone companies, drone testing facilities will be invested or set up to encourage more companies to test their products in the facility.

The drone companies can collaborate with each other and help each other for their respective businesses, according to TANDICO (Tamil Nadu Industrial development corporation).

Companies have signed MOU with TANDICO:

  • ARC Ventures
  • Vinata Aero mobility
  • Vinveli group

Target Industry:

Drone industry comes under Aerospace or Defence to gain more incentives. The target industry as of now has been Agriculture for aerial spraying. This will lead to better organic crop production.

More job creation:

This will lead to more job creation for areas like IT, Mechanical design engineering, PCB Design Engineering, because of Technological boom. This will in turn result in promoting economic growth.

Drone advantages:

  • Reduce the effort and time taken by the human beings
  • Reduce fuel consumption and thereby reducing pollution
  • Can save a lot of lives during disaster
  • Can save health of defence personnel in high altitude areas
  • Can do aerial surveillance during any natural disaster, fire break out, etc.
  • Can work out a great deal in the field of agriculture for spraying pesticides. This will in turn save time and also prolong the health of farmers