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Flying Wedge Defence establishes India’s first unmanned Aircraft Manufacturing Hub with ELCIA 

Bengaluru-based Flying Wedge Defence and Aerospace started a state-of-the-art facility to build Unmanned aircrafts and drones in Electronic City, Bangalore with ELCIA. India’s leading electronics manufacturer Tescom joins the consortium to make 100% in India. Total investment in this manufacturing project has gone to Rs 100 crores. The company stated that they Research, Design, Develop and Manufacture UAS(Unmanned Aircraft Systems) in INDIA.

The facility has a Research division, Mechanical manufacturing division and Electronics manufacturing facilities like SMT lines, laser Etching, PCB fabrication, milling, motor winding machines, CNC laser cutting, WEDM and various other industrial-grade machines. Various testing equipment like automatic optical inspection and NABL-certified laboratory for various tests.

The global market for drones in India is about $6 Bn and $30 Bn globally. Today all the UAS and drone manufacturers have no choice other than importing child parts and assembling them in India. The government of India banned the import of foreign drones. There is a huge push for startups in the UAV space. After this ban, there is a huge shortage in the supply of drones. DJI which used to be a pioneer in drones is no longer able to operate in India.

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Further drones should be Type Certified to be operated in India. It is very unfortunate that all manufacturers have to import drones in a semi-assembled state. For example, most of the drone operators and manufacturers import EFT 610 P drones in the semi-assembled state from china for agricultural purposes.

“We were focused on building advanced defence grade drone catchers, killer unmanned aircrafts, long-range surveillance helicopters for Defence forces. Flying wedge will be manufacturing 2 lakh Kisan drones in the next two years. We will be building drones and unmanned aircrafts for all companies in India and also in the world. We want to add new wings to PM Modi’s dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat in the Defence and Aerospace sector,” said Suhas Tejaskanda, CEO, Flying Wedge Defence.

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The company is aiming to be the dominant drone services provider in India focusing more on women Entrepreneurs from Tier 2/3 cities. Notably, Flying Wedge Defence has signed an MOU worth 100 crores with the Government of Karnataka during Bandhan Event at AeroIndia 2023.

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