FICCI Seminar On UAVs Ends On A Promising Note For The Country

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Leading industry body, FICCI in partnership with EY on Wednesday released a Report on “Make in India for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAVs) – Awaiting its ‘Kitty Hawk’ moment”. The seminar was conducted at an opportune moment, wherein India, which presently accounts for 20% of the world UAS imports, was looking towards indigenous manufacture of UAVs in a big way, for governance, commercial and security sectors.

Mr Amitabh Kant, Chairman NITI Aayog, delivered the key note address at a seminar held, under the aegis of FICCI, on “Make in India for Unmanned Aircraft Systems”.

On this occasion, Speakers from Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, Ideaforge, DJI, Invest India and EY presented their views.

The seminar was lively with policy makers taking home some good operational points towards ‘ease of manufacturing UAS’ in the country. The need for “Regulations” to be announced by DGCA on an immediate basis as also ‘testing facilities’, for use by manufacturers, was stressed upon by most speakers.

Lt Gen Sanjeev Madhok (Retd), Head of Defence Business, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL), made a powerful argument for the company’s “collaborative efforts” with IAI of Israel, towards ToT in the military domain of the UAS field, including ‘clean sheet designing’, which DTL was carrying out through its R&D efforts, for the commercial field.
He stressed on India’s Defence Forces to go in for a ‘Family of UAVs’, through a systems of systems approach, to improve interoperability and training efforts as also reduce logistics and life cycle costs, rather than have a mix of UAVs with different protocols, which would not be fruitful in war.

He was of the opinion that the world had advanced too far in UAS technology and therefore to “shorten the developmental cycle as also the learning curve”, it was important for companies, who wanted to carve a niche for our country, to work through the ToT route, thus allowing India to benefit both economically and security wise.

Dynamatic Technologies, led by Udayant (Toby) Malhoutra, has been making in India, for India and the world for over three decades. The company has been a recepient of the ‘Creative Partnership Award’, for Lakshya, India’s first UAV, wherein it partnered DRDO in the late nineties.

This company has built its capabilities, over the years, without looking towards tenders.

Over a year back, DTL had exclusively partnered three globally renowned Israeli companies – IAI, Magal & Carmor, for making a family of UAVs, Smart Security Solutions and Armoured Vehicles in India, under the company’s concept of Defence manufacturing “Fence-Sense-Defence”.

While UAVs would improve the situational awareness, so important in winning wars, smart security solutions would not allow an Uri or Pathankot to happen again and Armoured Vehicles, with greater mobility and their ability to be easily transported by air, can be ideally deployed in the Northern and Eastern Sectors, areas, so very crucial in the country’s scheme of things.

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