Indian drone startup Garuda Aerospace has unveiled its latest creation, the “SURAJ”, at Aero India 2023, reports PTI.
The solar-powered drone “SURAJ” is designed for surveillance operations, offering “real-time information to the high command and protecting jawans on the ground”, according to the company.
It features unique J-shaped wings that are equipped with solar cells, while an auxiliary battery provides additional propulsion or decreased speed as needed. The drone has an endurance of 12 hours and can fly at an altitude of 3,000 ft. Garuda Aerospace recently raised $22m in funding, which it will use to develop a prototype of the SURAJ, set to be ready to fly by August 2023.
The SURAJ drone is equipped with high-resolution zoom cameras with thermal imagery and foliage-penetrating LIDAR sensors, with a maximum payload capacity of 10 kg. The cutting-edge technology in the drone allows it to capture, process, and transmit photos and videos in real-time, providing valuable information to headquarters and base before planning strategic operations. The drone has been designed to cater to the Indian Army, Navy, Airforce, BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, DRDO, MOD, and MHA.
Garuda Aerospace has been working with a team of scientists and experts from the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), DRDO, and other organizations to develop the SURAJ drone. The drone will be equipped with AI, ML, and Bionic Chip for advanced real-time processing, making it a critical component in safeguarding the security of India.
The development of the SURAJ drone is significant, as it marks a significant milestone in the Indian drone industry. With the increase in the use of drones in military and surveillance operations worldwide, the demand for advanced drones such as the SURAJ is expected to grow.