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In a significant stride towards bolstering the domestic drone startup ecosystem, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken a visionary step by awarding a groundbreaking contract valued at nearly Rs. 300 Crore to Veda Aeronautics. This pivotal award comes under the umbrella of the IAF’s pioneering Mehar Baba Swarm Drone Competition, aimed at fostering indigenous innovation and technological advancement in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

At the heart of this landmark contract is Veda Aeronautics’ innovative fixed-wing UAV, a cutting-edge creation that holds immense promise for various applications within the defense sector. Designed to meet the unique demands of the modern battlefield, these drones boast a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 40 kg, rendering them versatile assets with a multitude of capabilities.

One of the distinguishing features of Veda’s UAVs lies in their car top launch system, a revolutionary concept that carries the potential to significantly reduce the overall cost of deploying and operating these unmanned systems. The traditional use of pneumatic launchers, known for their expense and complexity, has been ingeniously replaced by the car top launch system. This innovative approach not only streamlines operations but also enhances cost-efficiency, making the drones more accessible and practical for various scenarios.

The car top launch system introduces a new dimension of flexibility and mobility to UAV deployment. By utilizing standard vehicles as launch platforms, the drones can be swiftly and efficiently launched from a wide range of locations, negating the need for specialized infrastructure or complex setup procedures. Each car equipped with this launch system has the capacity to launch a minimum of four Veda-developed drones, demonstrating the system’s scalability and potential to be rapidly deployed in diverse situations.

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