The Indian Air Force (IAF) is collaborating with the Drone Federation of India to co-host ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023.’ This upcoming event, scheduled for the 25th and 26th of September 2023, will take place at the IAF’s airbase in Hindan (Ghaziabad). It is anticipated to be a pioneering exhibition highlighting the prowess of the Indian drone industry, with more than 50 live aerial demonstrations.
Diverse Array of Demonstrations
‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’ is set to impress attendees with a diverse array of live aerial demonstrations. The event will encompass a wide range of drone applications, including survey drones, agriculture drones, fire suppression drones, tactical surveillance drones, heavy-lift logistics drones, loitering munition systems, drone swarms, and counter-drone solutions. This comprehensive exhibition will underscore the versatility and innovation present within the Indian drone sector.
A Gathering of Innovators and Enthusiasts
Anticipated to attract approximately 5,000 attendees, ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’ will bring together a diverse audience. This includes representatives from central government bodies, state departments, public and private industries, armed forces, paramilitary forces, as well as delegates from friendly nations. The event will also be a platform for academicians, students, and drone enthusiasts to engage with cutting-edge developments in the field.
India’s Aspiration to Become a Global Drone Hub
Above all, ‘Bharat Drone Shakti 2023’ serves as a testament to India’s commitment to becoming a global drone hub by 2030. Through collaborations, competitions, and events like this, India aims to position itself at the forefront of drone technology, fostering innovation and strengthening its capabilities in both civil and defense applications. The event will not only showcase the present potential of the Indian drone industry but also pave the way for a future where drones play a pivotal role in India’s technological landscape.
IAF’s Utilization of Remotely Piloted Aircraft
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been at the forefront of integrating drone technology into its operations. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) have become indispensable tools for Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The IAF’s confidence in the emerging drone design and development capabilities within India is exemplified by initiatives such as the Meher Baba Swarm Drone competition, which aimed to tap into indigenous drone potential. Ongoing iterations of this competition are currently in progress, nurturing innovation in the Indian drone ecosystem.