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Garuda Aerospace gets Type Certification and RTPO approvals from DGCA for Kisan Drones

For the first time, India's top drone manufacturer, Garuda Aerospace, received approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for both Type Certification and RTPO for its indigenously developed Kisan Drones.

Following a thorough testing procedure for UAVs, DGCA Type certification is given based on the quality assessment of the drones. The historic dual DGCA approval supports the Chennai-based business's claim to be India's most valued Drone startup. The Type certification was introduced by the Indian government in August 2021 under the Drone Rules.

With the most recent manufacturing capabilities and solid technological backgrounds, Garuda's Made in India Kisan drones are specifically designed for agricultural uses like lowering crop loss, crop health monitoring, yield assessment, and crop loss mitigation.

Following the Type Certificate for the GA-AG model's acceptance, the startup is now qualified for Rs. 10 lakh in unsecured loans from the Agri Infrastructure Fund, which have a 5% interest rate and a 50–100% government subsidy. These Kisan Drones are the most cheap advanced automated agri drones in India and have Type Certification in the under 25kg small category that has been authorised by the DGCA. They are priced at Rs.4.50 lakhs.

ICAR, KVKs, FMTTI, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, and various other Government Agriculture authorities will now have the option of acquiring cutting-edge Made in India Drones produced by Garuda Aerospace. This will result in the creation of employment prospects for young people in the near future, with the goal of training 1 lakh drone pilots in the ensuing two years.

Agnishwar Jayaprakash, founder and CEO of Garuda Aerospace, commented on this historic twin approval and said that it is a credit to our domestic Made in India Drone manufacturing capabilities that we were able to obtain the elusive double certification by DGCA for Type and RPTO certification.

"We are energised and fortunate to have significant orders to produce 5000 drones in the next five months to meet various opportunities. With approvals, we are confident that the requisite talent utilisation and significant industry growth would be observed. With a new pledge to produce at least 1 lakh Kisan Drones by 2024 with the dual goals of empowering farmers and providing jobs for Indian youth, the CEO has further broadened this ambition.

These drones from Kisan Drones will also help farmers and agricultural businesses by having a significant impact on farmers' lives and creating modern employment in the drone industry for young Indians.

Earlier, on December 6, 2022, Garuda Aerospace's Chennai manufacturing site hosted the official launch of India's first virtual e-learning platform for drone training and skill development by Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur. The Minister also launched Garuda Aerospace's drone yatra, "Operation 777," which will go to 777 districts in India to raise awareness of and show the value of drones for various agricultural applications.

In keeping with its lofty goals, Garuda CEO stated in an exclusive interview with PBNS that the business is dedicated to building an ecosystem of knowledge about drones and its implications for India's agriculture industry, putting farmer integration at its centre.

Our Kisan drones have given farmers and businesspeople more leverage ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 100 Kisan drones in 100 villages. According to Agnishwar Jayprakash, the certification would also aid Garuda Aerospace in fostering economic growth by opening up new employment prospects and providing advanced pilot training to young people in rural areas.

Garuda is now working on Kisan Drones, which are equipped with sensors, cameras, and sprayers to increase food crop yield, decrease crop loss, and lessen farmer exposure to hazardous chemicals. In addition to helping with crop health monitoring, surveillance, industrial inspection, yield assessment, and crop loss reduction, they make it possible to spray pesticides and fertilisers precisely.

With the aid of a farming drone, farmers can adjust to diverse situations and make deliberate judgements.

In a similar vein, the startup is concentrating on giving their next drones layers of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and 5G-enabled capabilities. The information acquired is helpful for crop health, crop treatment, crop scouting, irrigation, field soil analysis, and crop damage assessments. Crop yields are increased while time and money are saved by using drone-based surveys.

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Edited by: Satyavrat Singh

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