Drone technology adoption is critical for several aspects of surveillance and limited military capabilities, besides civilian and policing applications. However, the limited development capacity for drones within India has been a concern for a while now. The Narendra Modi government has finally taken steps in that direction to address this gap.
Economic Times has reported that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL) on Wednesday made an announcement on signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to manufacture and market of IAI’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in India. The pact was signed on day one of the DefExpo inaugurated by PM Modi in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
HAL stated that IAI would be the design authority, HAL as the principal contractor and DTL as the principle sub-contractor to provide ‘Make-in-India’ UAVs to defence forces.
Defence sector manufacturing has picked up significantly, with both public and private sector players entering the space in India ever since the Make in India program has taken off. We had also earlier reported how despite opposition, the defence sector has thrived under PM Modi’s first term. Technology capability transfers have also been successfully secured in high value transactions duck as the Rafale fighter jet deal, while the HAL Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and the submarine Kalari has been successfully deployed.
Even the private sector has not been left behind. Large business houses in India has calibrated their operations towards the defence sector requirements. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had yesterday in fact mentioned that private sector contribution to India’s defence production capability was valued at ₹16,000 crore.