Ministry of Civil Aviation Releases Another List of 23 PLI Program Recipients for Drones and Drone Components

The second tentative list of 23 beneficiaries of the Production Linked Incentive Program (PLI) for drones and drone parts has been released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).

According to the ministry, 12 drone producers and 11 drone component producers are included in the list.

The ministry issued an invitation to apply to qualified manufacturers on May 4 this year, and the deadline for submission was May 20.

However, unaudited financial figures for 2021-2022 and other data were used to create the tentative list of LIP recipients.

According to the ministry, the recipients who made the shortlist met the eligibility requirements for the 2021-2022 financial year, which related to sales revenue and value added.

It was also stated that the combined annual turnover of all these businesses increased from Rs 88 crore in FY 2020-21 to Rs 319 crore (unaudited) in FY 2021- 22.

It should be noted that an added value of more than 40% of turnover and an annual turnover of Rs 2 crore for drone companies and Rs 50 lakh for drone component manufacturers are required to qualify for the PLI program for drones and drone components.

The list of drone manufacturers includes:

• Aarav unmanned systems, Bangalore, Karnataka
• Asteria Aerospace, Bangalore, Karnataka
• Unmanned Systems of Dhaksha, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
• EndureAir Systems, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
• Garuda Aerospace, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
• Ideaforge Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra
• IoTechWorld Aviation, Gurugram, Haryana
• Ubiquitous robotic technologies, Gurugram, Haryana
• Raphe Mphibr, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
• Roter precision instruments, Roorkee, Uttarakhand
• Sagar Defense Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra
• Throttle Aerospace Systems, Bangalore, Karnataka

The list of drone component manufacturers includes:

• Absolute composites, Bangalore, Karnataka
• Adani-Elbit Advanced Systems India, Hyderabad, Telangana
• Adroitec Information Systems, New Delhi
• Alpha Design Technologies, Bangalore, Karnataka
• Dynamake Engineering, Hyderabad, Telangana
• Imaginarium Rapid, Bombay, Maharashtra
• SASMOS HET Technologies, Bangalore, Karnataka
• Aerospace India servos, Belagavi, Karnataka
• Valdel Advanced Technologies, Bangalore, Karnataka
• ZMotion Autonomous Systems, Bangalore, Karnataka
• Zuppa Geo Navigation Technologies, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

The PLI program for drones and drone parts was announced last year in September to facilitate the continued growth of the industry.

While introducing this scheme, the ministry said, “The objective of this scheme is to encourage the manufacturing of drones and drone components in India to make them self-sufficient and globally competitive.”

A total incentive of Rs 120 crore is offered under the scheme, which is spread over three fiscal years and is about double the total revenue of all domestic drone manufacturers in the fiscal year 2020-21.

The PLI rate is 20% of value added, making it one of the highest schemes.

A particular aspect of the drone PLI program is that manufacturers who do not meet the value added requirement in 2021-2022 are still eligible to claim the lost incentive in 2022-2023.

“If a manufacturer fails to meet the qualifying value added threshold in India for a particular financial year, he will not receive any PLI for said financial year. He will however be eligible to receive said PLI in the following year provided that he makes up the said shortfall in rupees in the following year,” the ministry noted.

It was also pointed out that by automating risky and repetitive tasks, drones have the potential to have a significant positive impact on almost all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, infrastructure, disaster response. emergency, transportation, geospatial mapping, media and entertainment, law enforcement and national defense, etc. cartography and scientific research.

However, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, the Center aims to build a growth-oriented regulatory framework for drones to make India a global hub for development, testing, production and the operation of drones by 2030. On August 25 last year, he released the Liberalized Drone Rules, 2021.

In addition, the government has carried out a series of other reforms to achieve this goal. These include the release of the drone airspace map in 2021 which makes nearly 90% of India’s airspace a ‘green zone’ up to 400ft and the traffic management policy framework UAS (UTM) in 2021, as well as the drone certification system in 2022, which simplifies obtaining a type certificate for drone manufacturers.

The Drone Import Policy in 2022, which prohibits the import of overseas-made drones, and the Drone (Amendment) Rules in 2022 are also among the initiatives taken by the government.

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