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The UAV sector holds tremendous opportunities and if unleashed, has the potential to transform many of the sectors and could contribute 4-5 % to India’s GDP, due to multiplier effect. UAV, commonly known as a drone, started off from being used for defence purposes and are now increasingly used in the civilian space.


A full-fledged FICCI Committee on Drones (UAV/UAS/RPAS) has been formed.

The UAV sector holds tremendous opportunities and if unleashed, has the potential to transform many of the sectors and could contribute 4-5 % to India’s GDP, due to multiplier effect. UAV, commonly known as a drone, started off from being used for defence purposes and are now increasingly used in the civilian space. Developments in the fields of artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, miniaturisation, materials science, thermal imaging, etc. have enabled diverse civilian and commercial application of drones in sectors like agriculture, power, infrastructure, mining and telecom to undertake various activities with significant improvements in efficiency and cost. Since 2001, approximately 38 companies have applied for industrial license to manufacture UAVs in India. Furthermore, more than 50 start-ups have started providing services in this new industry. The global market is witnessing a boom despite several concerns relating to its potential use as a weapon, proprietary and privacy infringement. The future holds many new avenues for the use of UAVs as they are expected to replace 80% of operations presently carried out by manned aircraft. As per NITI Aayog estimates, the Indian market for UAV will be $50 billion over the next 15 years.


FICCI's Engagement

A full-fledged FICCI Committee on Drones (UAV/UAS/RPAS) has been formed. The Committee will play a proactive role as an advocate, catalyst and facilitator for the growth and capability building of Drone industry in India.

Team Leader

Sumeet Gupta

Assistant Secretary General

Timeline

2023
Aug
Event

Call for Nomination - FICCI Drone Awards 2023

Jul
Event

Himachal Drone Conclave

Feb
Study

Achieving Excellence in Defence Grade Drones

Event

Drone Seminar 2023

2022
Sep
Press Release

Focus on quality, innovation and indigenization to make India a global drone hub: Gen VK Singh (Retd), MoS for Civil Aviation

Study

Making India the drone hub of the world

Event

Making India a Global Drone Hub

2021
Dec
Event

Gwalior Drone Mela

Nov
Event

Guwahati Drone Utsav

Oct
Event

Kanpur Drone Mela

Press Release

The Government is working as an enabler by creating conducive policy framework, funding incentive and demand structure for Drones: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister for Civil Aviation, GoI

Event

Drones For Public Good Mass Awareness Program: Inaugural Session - Drones for Increasing Farmers' Income

Sep
Press Release

FICCI welcomes Cabinet approval for PLI in Auto and Drones sector

Feb
Press Release

Vision is for India to be the Drone Hub of the world; Drones shall play a key role in future armed conflicts: Amber Dubey, JS, MoCA

Event

FICCI Session on Drones & Counter-Drone opportunities in Defence and Homeland Security

2020
Jul
Press Release

Need a robust policy framework in application of agrochemical spray using drones: FICCI-CropLife Paper

Study

Drone Usage For Agrochemical Spraying

Event

Virtual Conference on Drones Application Technology in Spraying for Crop Protection

Press Release

Indian UAS Rules 2020 will facilitate Industrial Revolution 4.0: FICCI Recommendations to Government

Policy

FICCI Recommendations on the Draft UAS Rules 2020

Jun
Press Release

SVAMITVA scheme will be a game changer for Drone Industry - Surveyor General of India at FICCI event

2019
Aug
Press Release

Government to soon identify key counter drone technologies for critical installations - Rakesh Asthaana, DG, BCAS

Study

Countering Rogue Drones

Event

Conference on Countering Rogue Drones

Events

Aug, 2023

Call for Nomination - FICCI Drone Awards 2023

Aug 31, 2023, -

Jul, 2023

Himachal Drone Conclave

Jul 04, 2023, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur, district Kangra, HImachal Pradesh

Feb, 2023

Drone Seminar 2023

Feb 15, 2023, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru

Sep, 2022

Making India a Global Drone Hub

Sep 01, 2022, Federation House, New Delhi

Dec, 2021

Gwalior Drone Mela

Dec 11, 2021, Madhav Institute of Technology & Science (MITS), Gwalior, 1400 - 1600 hrs

Nov, 2021

Guwahati Drone Utsav

Nov 09, 2021,

Oct, 2021

Kanpur Drone Mela

Oct 27, 2021,

Drones For Public Good Mass Awareness Program: Inaugural Session - Drones for Increasing Farmers' Income

Oct 06, 2021, Virtual Platform, 1400 - 1600 Hrs

Aug, 2021

Webinar on Drones (postponed)

Aug 31, 2021, Virtual Platform

Apr, 2021

Drones through the Entrepreneurial Prism (postponed)

Apr 24, 2021, Virtual Platform

Feb, 2021

FICCI Session on Drones & Counter-Drone opportunities in Defence and Homeland Security

Feb 03, 2021, Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru

Jul, 2020

Virtual Conference on Drones Application Technology in Spraying for Crop Protection

Jul 29, 2020, Virtual Platform

Aug, 2019

Conference on Countering Rogue Drones

Aug 01, 2019, FICCI, New Delhi

Chair

Mr Ashish Rajvanshi

President & Head - Chairman's Office
Adani Group, Ahmedabad

Co-Chair

Mr Ankit Mehta

Co-Founder and Chief Excutive Officer
Ideaforge Technology Pvt Ltd., Navi Mumbai

Co-Chair

Mr. Neel Mehta

Director & Co-Founder
Asteria Aerospace

Advisor

Manab Majumdar

Senior Advisor Civil Nuclear Energy, Energy Security, Biotechnology, Clinical Research

FICCI Recommendations on the Draft UAS Rules 2020

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The Pioneer |

Himachal Drone conclave on July 4, 5

Aviation Industry News |

5 drone schools to be set up in MP: Scindia

Asian News Service |

Five Drone Schools to be set-up in MP : Scindia

IndianWeb2 |

Five Drone Schools to be setup in MP

Public News |

Five Drone Schools to be setup in MP

Hindustan Times |

5 drone schools to be set up in MP: Scindia

Times Now News |

Drones and the future of warfare

Deccan Herald |

India emerging as drone hub of the world

The Daily Guardian |

Drone rules to come up by 31 March: MoCA

India Strategic |

'India can be world’s drone hub'

Defence Aviation Post |

Ease regulations to make India a drone hub

The Economic Times |

View: Ease regulations to make India a drone hub

https://www.jagranjosh.com/current-affairs/drone-registration-compulsory-by-january-31-to-avoid-legal-action-dgca-1578987001-1 |

Drone registration compulsory by January 31 to avoid legal action: DGCA

millennium Post |

Safety net

The Statesman |

More airports to be privatised soon

The Indian Awaaz |

Anti-drone regulations by October end: BCAS

Maharashtra Times |

6,000 unregistered 'drones' in the country

Focus on quality, innovation and indigenization to make India a global drone hub: Gen VK Singh (Retd), MoS for Civil Aviation

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The Government is working as an enabler by creating conducive policy framework, funding incentive and demand structure for Drones: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister for Civil Aviation, GoI

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FICCI welcomes Cabinet approval for PLI in Auto and Drones sector

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Vision is for India to be the Drone Hub of the world; Drones shall play a key role in future armed conflicts: Amber Dubey, JS, MoCA

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Need a robust policy framework in application of agrochemical spray using drones: FICCI-CropLife Paper

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Indian UAS Rules 2020 will facilitate Industrial Revolution 4.0: FICCI Recommendations to Government

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SVAMITVA scheme will be a game changer for Drone Industry - Surveyor General of India at FICCI event

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Government to soon identify key counter drone technologies for critical installations - Rakesh Asthaana, DG, BCAS

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