India’s first private Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drone manufacturing facility has been inaugurated in Hyderabad. The facility has been set up by Adani Defence & Aerospace, and Elbit Systems.
The 50,000 square feet facility would also be the first facility outside Israel to manufacture Hermes 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. It was inaugurated by Telangana Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali on 14 December 2018.
The factory will be engaged in manufacturing complete carbon composite aerostructures for Hermes 900, followed by Hermes 450, catering to the global markets and will be further ramped up for the assembly and integration of complete UAVs.
Apart from the UAV Complex, the Adani Aerospace Park was also inaugurated by the Home Minister of Telangana. Elbit Systems CEO and president Bezhalel Machilis said, “This facility where the Hermes 900 (MALE) and the Hermes 450-the most advanced UAV systems in the world will be manufactured, is in line with Indian government’s strategic plan and enables us to share our extensive experience in defence systems and benefit from the dedicated Indian workforce as well.