The Indian Coast Guard(ICG) has concluded a maiden contract for 10 multicopter (VTOL) drones in consonance with the Government of India’s policy of embracing Drone Technology. The initiative will be a major boost for the Marine Surveillance and Interdiction capabilities of the Indian Coast Guard.
These drones are capable of being launched from both Ships whilst underway, as well as Shore Stations and will play a significant role in Surveillance & Security operations of ICG. In addition, these drones are going to assist in Search and Rescue (SAR), both by day as well as night. The ICG plans to induct 100 additional drones by 2025, to meet the ever-growing challenges in India’s Maritime Zones and Search & Rescue Region.