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  • Made-in-India drone companies are seeing a surge in sales following a government ban on drone imports.
  • Consumer brands such as Swiggy, Zomato, Dunzo and Biryani by Kilo have begun to launch trials for drone delivery.
  • Drones are used for defense, consumer and delivery purposes.
  • Throttle, a drone manufacturing company based in Bangalore, witnessed a 150% growth.

By declaring the Indian drone industry a ‘sunrise sector’, the Directorate-General for Foreign Trade, under the Ministry of Commerce, banned the import of drones in February. This has given a boost to homegrown drone companies that are finding innovative uses for these unmanned aerial vehicles.

One of India’s leading drone companies Throttle for aerospace systems (TAS) has witnessed 150% growth since the announcement. Even ecommerce companies like Dunzo, Swiggy and Zomato have ventured into the drone delivery space.

Last year, Zomato acquired a drone startup TechEagle to build models that can help deliver essentials and potentially food in the near future.

Medicines and Biryani from the sky

RattanIndia’s drone company, Neosky, in partnership with TAS, now plans to provide drones for e-commerce and consumer-led initiatives in addition to defense. The companies partner with Dunzo, leading hospitals in India and even grocery delivery services for Instamart, through Swiggy. At the moment they are producing 30 drones per month, aiming to produce 45-50 units in the near future.

Consumer brands such as Swiggy have recently partnered with Garuda Aerospace and Throttle lever to have groceries delivered to your door via Instamart. Trials have already started in Delhi-NCR and Bangalore. Another startup Biryani by Kilo supplied Biryani to eight influencers after the launch of eight stores in Hyderabad.

As of now, the drone space in India is widely used in the defense sector and helps to deliver average useful goods.

“We are seeing consumer-led drones pick up, but for that we needed government-designated drone corridors. From now on, drones would be widely used in the defense sector or for medium payload deliveries. Although it’s exciting to see how food is delivered by drone, is it further in the future,” said Sarath Chandra GudlavalletiCEO of Neosky.

The government had also introduced extensive applications for drones. During the pandemic, a box weighing 12 kilograms of drugs and 20 vials of vaccines was delivered via drones in rural parts of Telangana in an initiative called ‘Medicines from the Sky’.

‘Laws for this sector are still being made’

The government is taking active steps to boost domestic drone production. On July 6, 2022, the Indian Ministry of Aviation released the second tentative list of 23 beneficiaries of the production-linked incentives (PLI) scheme for the drone industry.

The combined annual revenue of PLI beneficiaries in the drone industry reached 3.19 billion in 2021-22 from ₹880 million the previous year.

“A welcome change by the government has been to stop the import of drones, which has boosted Make In India drone companies. Dividing India’s airspace into Red, Green and Amber zones has also helped. But laws for this sector are still being made because it is very new,” Gudlavalleti said.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has divided Indian airspace into three zones: Green (no permission required), Amber (controlled airspace) and Red (no drones allowed).

The government also launched a DigitalSky platform for verification of Made in India drones in January 2022.

The Drone Defender

In small steps, the Indian government is also opening the door to commercial use of drones during disaster relief and even economic mapping.

From April 2022, all drone operators will be allowed to promote safe operations without having multiple approvals by holding a valid UIN. Throttle is one such beneficiary.

On Thursday, RattanIndia through their drone company, Neosky launched a ‘drone defender’ together with production company Throttle. It was unveiled by Prime Minister VK SinghMOS Aviation Ministry in Air Force Auditorium during the ‘Unmanned Aerial Systems India 2022’ event on September 13.

“This drone is 70% indegenious and launches a soft-kill against approaching rogue drones without any human intervention. Instead of using a direct strike, this drone will shoot down the attacker by firing a net,” he said Nagander RamaswamyCEO of drone manufacturing company TAS.

“We have acquired a 60% stake in Throttle and hope to further expand our capacity,” said Gudlavalleti.

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