Bengaluru: India‘s private sector Dynamatic Technologies Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading educational institution Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) for joint indigenous development of drones for the use of the armed forces.
“Dynamatic will collaborate with IIT Kanpur for joint indigenous development of innovative Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAVs) of various types for wide range of applications for the Indian defence forces,” a company statement said.
The two organisations have identified strong mutual interest to leverage respective capabilities and undertake design, development and manufacturing of a wide range of UAVs and other related technologies, it said.
The jointly developed products would substitute the currently imported UAVs, with superior indigenous technology that would enable self-reliance at a reduced cost, the company said.
IIT-Kanpur has been conducting cutting edge research in various domains related to defence and homeland security industries, and have developed several technologies and filed multiple patents in areas related to UAV development.
To commercialise these technologies and put them to the service of the nation, “to truly realise the dream of ‘Atmanirbharta‘, IIT-Kanpur has decided to partner with Dynamatic Technologies, which is global Tier-1 supplier to domestic Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited and international OEMs such as Airbus, Boeing Co., Bell Helicopters.
The company is involved in Research and Development (R&D) of latest technologies in the fields of aerospace, agriculture, hydraulics and homeland security.
The MoU was signed by IIT-Kanpur’s Dean of R&D Professor A. R. Harish and Dynamatic Hydraulics executive director and global chief operations officer Arvind Mishra, in the presence of IIT-Kanpur Director Prof. Abhay Karandikar and Dynamatic Technologies chief executive officer and managing director Dr. Udayant Malhoutra.
Prof. Karandikar called the collaboration with Dynamatic Technologies as “an important development that would support the ongoing R&D activities” at IIT Kanpur in the domain of unmanned systems and robotics, aimed at enable rapid commercialisation of existing solutions for greater good of various users ranging from police, para-military and defence forces.
“This partnership between Dynamatic and IIT-Kanpur is unique, as it brings academia and industry together to develop new products specific to customer requirement,” Malhoutra said in his remarks.
“This collaboration will fast-track concept of development using the state-of-the-art facilities and resources available across IIT-Kanpur and Dynamatic,” he said.