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PLI of Rs. 120 crore is provided for Indian manufacturers of drone and drone components

The Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for drones and drone components has been notified on Sept. 30, 2021 to push the production of drones.

The details of this scheme are as follows:

i. An incentive of INR 120 crore (approximately $16 million) has been provided for Indian manufacturers of drone and drone components on the basis of their value addition in India. The value addition by a manufacturer will be calculated as the annual sales revenue from drones and drone components (net of GST) minus the purchase cost (net of GST) of drone and drone components. The incentive shall be provided over three financial years commencing from 2021-22.

ii. The PLI that can be claimed by a manufacturer is 20% of the value addition by such manufacturer. The PLI rate is constant at 20% for all three years.

iii. Minimum value addition is specified as 40% of net sales

iv. Eligibility norm for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and startups is specified as INR 2 crore (approximately $ 266,000) of annual sales revenue for drone manufacturers and INR 50 lakhs (approximately $67,000) of annual sales revenue for drone component manufacturers.

v. PLI for a beneficiary is capped at 25% of the total annual outlay to allow widening of the number of beneficiaries.

vi. In case a manufacturer fails to meet the threshold for the eligible value addition for a particular financial year, the manufacturer will be allowed to claim the lost incentive in the subsequent year if the manufacturer makes up the shortfall in the subsequent year. The liberalized Drones Rules, 2021 notified on 25 August 2021 provide the regulatory framework for owning and operation of drones. These rules cover various aspects like type certification, registration and operation of drones, airspace restrictions, research, development and testing of drones, training and licensing, offences and penalties etc.

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Autonomous drones with evidence management

Axon in partnership with Fotokite have announced the autonomous Fotokite Sigma UAS complete with wireless live streaming and evidence management is now commercially. Through Axon’s real-time operations platform, Axon Respond, ground operators will have access to real-time streaming video to support effective decision making and improved outcomes. The Fotokite Sigma can launch, fly, and land with the push of a button—no setup time, calibration, or active piloting required.

senseFly named to Blue sUAS 2.0 list

AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc., has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, senseFly, has been named to the Blue sUAS 2.0 list, published by the US Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).

The Blue sUAS 2.0 project follows the successful partnership between the U.S. Army and DIU on the Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) program for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), which started in 2019. The project, now referred to as ‘1.0,’ followed the SRR program in August 2020 and made minor modifications to five final SRR candidate air vehicles and built integrated commercially-based ground control stations to create a standalone commercial/ enterprise configuration available to the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as other US government entities.

The 2.0 project was subsequently created to increase the diversity, capability and affordability of UAS on DIU’s “Blue UAS Cleared List,” bringing a greater variety of UAS with a wide range of modalities, capabilities and price points.

Mavic 2 drone to autonomously take off

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XAG launches Agricultural Drone

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Walmart and DroneUp drone delivery operations

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Enjoying the benefits of drone delivery is as easy as:

• Verify: Customer enters their address to verify eligibility.

• Shop: Customer selects from thousands of items for delivery.

• Secure: Operators pack the order and secure the box to the drone using a patented delivery release mechanism.

• Deliver: The flight engineer manages a controlled and guided delivery, placing the order gently at the customer’s home.

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Percepto’s AI change detection framework offers unified visual data and critical business insights for each of the sectorspecific solutions. AIM 2022 can be integrated with autonomous drones and robots as well as other visual data collectors, now including DJI drones, and fixed cameras. Reports and insights are automatically generated based on the combined visual data. Disseminated to relevant stakeholders on any mobile device, issues and faults are geotagged and displayed on a map, enabling effective action before escalating into more serious problems.

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During a presentation on the establishment of “drone cities,” which was held recently in Yeongwol, CLROBUR showcased DROW to the audience. By delivering a box of seasoned fried chicken from a drone hub in Saekyung University to a hub located in front of a drone test site in Yeongwol, the company successfully demonstrated a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight by an autonomous drone. The company was also able to complete its urban traffic management (UTM) technology, which is necessary to enable autonomous flights with the technological convergence of drone manufacturers, 3D map providers, and telecom companies.

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