Mechanization and Technology

Garuda Solar powered drone unveiled at Aero India Show

15 February 2023, New Delhi: Garuda Aerospace unveiled its latest technological marvel SURAJ, a solar-powered unmanned reconnaissance aerial J-Glider at the Aero India 2023 show in Bangalore, India. Dr. Satheesh Reddy, Former DRDO Chairman, and current Principal Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister unveiled the drone.

SURAJ is an ISR high-altitude drone designed specifically for surveillance operations, providing real-time information to the high command and protecting jawans on the ground. The drone’s unique J-shaped wings are equipped with solar-powered cells that serve as its primary fuel source, while an auxiliary battery provides additional propulsion or decreased speed as required. The drone will carry a versatile payload of high-resolution zoom cameras with thermal imagery and foliage-penetrating lidar sensors with a maximum capacity of 10 kg. This cutting-edge technology will capture, process, and transmit photos and videos in real time, ensuring that the headquarters and base have access to vital information before planning strategic operations and terms. It has an endurance of 12 hours and can fly at an altitude of 3000 ft. The drone is all set to support various Indian and Global giants namely the Indian Army, Navy, Airforce, BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, DRDO, MOD, and MHA. Recently, Garuda Aerospace created history by raising $22 Million, the largest ever Series A funding in the drone sector. The funds will therefore help in the development of a 1:1 prototype of SURAJ which will be ready to fly by August 2023.

Dr. Satheesh Reddy, Former DRDO Chairman, and current Principal Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister said, “Garuda Aerospace is one of the upcoming digital technology companies in the drone sector that are developing many technological solutions for various sectors like Defence, Agriculture, and Industrial Automation. We are trying to work closely with Garuda Aerospace and It’s an honor for me to unveil their solar-powered unmanned reconnaissance aerial J-Glider SURAJ drone. My heartiest congratulations to the entire team of Garuda Aerospace.”

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