Aero India to Host Drone Olympics Event

Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017. Photo (file) courtesy: PIB
Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017. Photo (file) courtesy: PIB

India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a newly designed web page in Delhi for ‘Drone Olympics’ – scheduled to be held at Aero India – 2019 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru.

The web page is open for registration of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle a.k.a. drone) players interested in taking part in the maiden event of the Aero India.

It will not only encourage the UAV manufacturing in the country but also provide an opportunity to the Armed Forces to assess the capabilities that exist in the world.

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The UAV market is one of the fastest growing fields in the world. Role of UAVs in defence sector is ever-increasing on account of new capabilities being added to them making them fit for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and strike missions.

‘Drone Olympics’ is open to both Indian and international players. Three categories of the event, planned during the competition are Surveillance Challenge with four sub-categories which will determine the surveillance capability of the UAVs, Supply Drop Challenge to assess weight dropping capability, and Formation Flying Challenge demonstrating different shapes with group of UAVs.

The winners will be honoured with medals and a cash prize of Rs. 38 lakh to top three winners of each competition. Last date of registration to participate in event is January 26, 2019.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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