Pune (Maharashtra) [India], February 11 (ANI): Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral SN Ghormade reviewed the progress and witnessed flight trials of ‘Varuna’ – a personal air mobility vehicle capable of being launched and recovered from moving ships, said the Navy on Thursday.
The vehicle is planned to be used for inter-ship transfer of stores and personnel.
Varuna has been made by M/s Sagar Defence Engineering and the Naval InnovationIndigenisation Organisation (NIIO). NIIO is working closely with the firm for variants of the vehicle for inter-ship transfer of stores and personnel.
Autonomous launch and QR code-based recovery on moving platforms at sea has already been previously demonstrated.
Ghormade also saw the autonomous boats and prototype of Autonomous Modular Inflatable Target (AMIT) for which a patent application has been filed by Indian Navy.
These projects are a result of close collaboration between the private sector, academia, RD Establishment (Engrs)/DRDO and NIIO.
M/s Sagar Defence Engineering is one amongst the deep tech start-ups identified by NIIO for handholding by being designated as the ‘Industry Innovation Partner’. (ANI)