In the next three months, sea trials for the pilotless Varuna Drone which has a range of 25 km, a payload of 130 kg, and an endurance range of 25 to 33 minutes will begin.
Varuna is a drone with autonomous takeoff and landing capabilities that can transport one person, equipment, or supply from one moving warship to another. The usage of Varuna for medical evacuation is also possible.
Defense start-up Sagar Defence Engineering worked together with the Indian Navy to create the Varuna Drone technology. The business reported that the land-based study is ongoing and expressed confidence that it will pass marine trials as well.
Once the Varuna drones pass sea trials and are kept aboard active duty vessels, the Navy plans to purchase 30 of them. The innovative personal air mobility vehicle was on display last month at INS Hansa in Goa for the Australian Deputy Prime Minister, who had visited Sagar Defence Engineering.