The Indian Navy will soon induct the country’s first manned-carrying drone named “Varuna”, developed by Indian startup Sagar Defense Engineering Pvt Ltd in Pune. A demo of this personal aerial vehicle, an autonomous multi-copter drone capable of carrying a passenger, was shown at the plenary session of the Naval Innovation and Indigenization Symposium held in July this year.
A Pune-based defence manufacturing start-up has made a heavy-lift utility drone. The drone can carry a human being. The drone was designed keeping the requirements of Indian Navy in mind. This drone can transfer storage and personnel between sailing warships.
Sagar Defence Engineering named this drone as ‘Varuna’. The drone will soon be inducted into the Indian Navy.
Navy to soon induct India’s 1st passenger drone ‘Varuna’
‘Varun’ has been designed and manufactured by Chakan-based Sagar Defense Engineering Private Limited Company. According to Hindustan Times, the makers claim that this drone can carry liquids, equipment and goods including human beings with a standardized payload attachment.
This passenger drone, remotely controlled or flown automatically along predetermined routes, can hold a variety of payloads in the area between its landing gear. It has the capacity to carry a payload of up to 130 kg and can cover a distance of 25 km in just 30 minutes.
Babbar said that when the project began, the organization’s initial concern was the necessary approvals and funding for the project, however, he was fortunate to have received handholdings by the Navy, the Idex team and the Ministry of Defense, who had collaborated with Mazagon to build the manufacturers team Dockyard Ltd for funding.
This passenger drone Varuna has many benefits including evacuation of casualties in case of road accidents, use as air ambulance in remote villages, use as air taxi in metro cities, emergency evacuation, disaster relief and medical emergencies etc.
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