Drone PLI scheme takes off, 23 firms shortlisted

Scindia unveiling Drone PLI scheme- throwback pic, PIB

Drone PLI scheme takes off, 23 firms shortlisted

12 drone manufacturers, 11 component firms to benefit

Apart from the PLI, the Government of India has carried out series of reforms to make India a global drone hub by 2030

NEW DELHI, July 6 (The CONNECT) - The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has released the second provisional list of 23 beneficiaries under the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for drone and drone components. These include 12 drone manufacturers and 11 drone component manufacturers.  The Ministry invited applications from eligible manufacturers in May.

The provisional list of PLI beneficiaries has been prepared on the basis of the unaudited financial results for 2021-22 and other information.  The shortlisted beneficiaries have crossed the eligibility criteria related to sales revenue and value addition in FY 2021-22. Click here for MoCA’s public notice:

The list shortlisted drone manufacturers are:

  1. Aarav Unmanned Systems, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  2. Asteria Aerospace, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  3. Dhaksha Unmanned Systems, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  4. EndureAir Systems, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  5. Garuda Aerospace, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  6. Ideaforge Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • vii. IoTechWorld Avigation, Gurugram, Haryana
  1. Omnipresent Robot Technologies, Gurugram, Haryana
  2. Raphe Mphibr, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  3. Roter Precision Instruments, Roorkee, Uttarakhand
  4. Sagar Defence Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra
  • xii. Throttle Aerospace Systems, Bengaluru, Karnataka

The list o shortlisted drone component manufacturers are:

  1. Absolute Composites, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  2. Adani-Elbit Advanced Systems India, Hyderabad, Telangana
  3. Adroitec Information Systems, New Delhi
  4. Alpha Design Technologies, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  5. Dynamake Engineering, Hyderabad, Telangana
  6. Imaginarium Rapid, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • vii. SASMOS HET Technologies, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  1. Servocontrols Aerospace India, Belagavi, Karnataka
  2. Valdel Advanced Technologies, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  3. ZMotion Autonomous Systems, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  4. Zuppa Geo Navigation Technologies, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

The eligibility criteria for the PLI scheme for drones and drone components includes an annual sales turnover of INR 2 crore for drone companies and INR 50 lacs for drone components manufacturers; and value addition of over 40% of sales turnover.

Apart from the PLI Scheme, the Government of Indi has carried out series of reforms to make India a global drone hub by 2030. These include notification of the liberalised Drone Rules, 2021; publishing of Drone Airspace Map 2021 which opens nearly 90% of Indian airspace as a green zone upto 400 feet, UAS Traffic Management (UTM) policy framework 2021; Drone Certification Scheme 2022 which makes it easier for drone manufacturers to obtain a type certificate; Drone Import Policy, 2022 which bans import of foreign-made drones; and the Drone (Amendment) Rules, 2022 which abolishes the requirement of a drone pilot licence for drone operations.

Recent News