Drone startup wins Indian Coast Guard contract for 10 VTOLs

NEW DELHI: In a major boost to Marine Surveillance and Interdiction capabilities, the Indian Coast Guard has concluded maiden contract for 10 multicopter (VTOL) drones in consonance with Government of India’s policy of embracing Drone Technology.

As per the media reports, Drone startup Sagar Defence Engineering Private Limited and ICG have inked the contract for these drones, which will on induction boost interdiction capabilities as well as boost marine surveillance of the ICG.ICG had issued open RFP for procuring tender under Make in India route and after undergoing rigorous trials on high seas, Sagar Defence Engineering qualified.

These drones are capable of being launched from both Ships whilst underway, as well as Shore Stations and will play a significant role in the reach if ICG unit during Surveillance & Security operations. In addition, these drones are going to assist in Search and Rescue (SAR), both by day as well as night. The ICG plans to induct 100 additional drones by 2025, to meet the ever-growing challenges in India’s Maritime Zones and Search & Rescue Region.


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