The military-grade UAVs are capable of crashing into the target with explosives in addition to surveillance.

The Indian military has begun purchasing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that can be employed as suicide drones and have direct-fire aerial-precision capabilities. The military-grade UAVs are capable of crashing into the target with explosives in addition to surveillance. Several Indian companies are forming collaborative ventures with Israeli firms to manufacture drones in the country. Paras Aerospace, based in NCR, has recently formed partnerships with a number of UAV manufacturers in Israel, Latvia, and Italy.

Pankaj Akula, CEO of Paras Aerospace, talks to Huma Siddiqui about the company’s collaborations with other countries and companies, as well as the Indian drone market.

What is Paras Aerospace and what function does it play in the space industry?

Paras Defence and Space Technologies Limited owns Paras Aerospace, which is a subsidiary of Paras Defence and Space Technologies Limited. We provide a comprehensive spectrum of UAV system development, integration, manufacturing, and certification services. Military UAV, Industrial UAV, Indigenous Payload Development, and Algorithms Development are the company’s main verticals. Paras Aerospace is a manufacturing company specialising in the development of drone-related aerospace technology.

What are the company’s milestones, and why are there partnerships with Israel?

The company’s goal is to Make in India while also Making for the World. The cooperation was established for two reasons: India and Israel have excellent bilateral relations, and Israel has been producing drones for diverse applications since 1980, and has a long history in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles. The collaborations would allow state-of-the-art solutions to be used for a variety of industry use cases.

India features a number of UAV experts and start-ups. What are the advantages of collaborating with companies from Israel and other countries?

Companies from Israel, Latvia, and Italy have partnered with Paras Aerospace. The following verticals make up a drone solution for any use case: UAV, Sensor, Mission Planning Software, UTM Software, and Algorithms. Paras Aerospace wants to bring the most advanced drone technologies to India in order to give the best possible solutions for all verticals.

Insights into the Indian drone market from the company’s perspective.

The revised Drone Rules 2021 have given the Indian drone business a lot of attention from the government. Drones, drone parachutes, sensors, and Universal UTM are examples of partnerships/products that offer value to them. We are seeking to bring best-in-class technologies from around the world to India, and the benefits are not limited to just Paras Aerospace.

How can collaborating with ParaZero Israel benefit India and the military establishment?

The safety of drones in drone airspace and the people below is critical; the country now has a large number of unmanned vehicles, which is likely to rise in the future. ParaZero’s technologies include certified drone parachutes that ensure the safety of both the drone and the people underneath it. The systems meet ASTM specifications for drone safety parachute systems.

What does the PLI plan for drones imply?

PLI is a scheme from the Government to provide incentives to the production of Drones and Drone subsystems from India. This scheme will motivate drone companies from India to start production in India and enable job creation.

With which other countries/companies does your company collaborate?

Apart from Israel, Paras Aerospace has partnerships with Latvian and Italian enterprises. Fixar, based in Latvia, creates one-of-a-kind Angular Rotor drones that are ideal for certain tasks in low-density environments and have a long endurance. Nurjana Technologies, based in Italy, specialises in Systems Engineering and System Development for Real-Time Aerospace Applications.

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