The Indian Navy will induct India’s first human-carrying drone named ‘Varuna’ developed by startup firm Sagar Defence Engineering Private Limited in Pune. The drone ‘Varuna’ can be operated and achieve a significant height and move from one place to another with the help of one passenger seated inside.
India’s first Indigenous-Built Passenger drone ‘Varuna’- Key Points
- Sagar Defence Engineering’s founder Nikunj Parashar informed that the platform can pick up 100 kg of cargo/conduct medical evacuation and can fly for around 30 mins with a range of 25-30 km.
- In case of malfunction, it has a ballistic parachute that can come up. The company is also working towards urban air mobility.
- Earlier in July Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the demonstration of ‘Varuna’.
- The drone ‘Varuna’ has been designed to help the Navy transfer its personnel between warships. Its developers have enhanced it to help with rescue operations and also serve as an air ambulance in rural areas.