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OUS unveils MadeInIndia Drones 

Optiemus plans

Optiemus plans to invest INR 140 Crores and offer a pioneering model of ‘Drone as a Service’ for the agriculture sector with a fleet of 5000 drones by end of 2025.

Optiemus Unmanned Systems (OUS) has launched a range of drones in the agricultural and mapping category, which will be powered by components designed and manufactured in India. The innovative and competitively priced portfolio of drones were showcased at the recent 5th Drone International Expo, New Delhi. OUS will be adopting a ‘Drone as a Service’ strategy to reach out to target markets and will be training around 6000 pilots to manage a fleet of 5000 drones by the end of 2025.

Optiemus Infracom will be investing around INR 140 Crore in this project and targeting a service revenue of around INR 600 to INR 900 crores by the end of calendar year 2025. The main goal for OUS is to align with Honorable Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s vision of “Make in India” and contribute towards the prosperity of farmers who are the backbone of the country. With this focus, OUS will develop drones with indigenous parts.

Mr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, Chairman, Optiemus Infracom Limited, said, “It is our effort to revolutionize traditional farming practices and enhance crop yields while promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship. We have already got a portfolio of military grade drones and have started selling our drones to India’s defense and paramilitary forces”.

The Agri Shakti 10L is an agricultural drone that can fly for up to 15 minutes at maximum capacity and supports a 10-liter spray tank capable of spraying 1 acre in approximately 7 minutes. The Agri Shakti 10L has a starting price of 2.25 lakhs plus GST. The Vajra QC P20 is a precision agriculture and mapping drone which weighs about 2 kg and boasts a flight duration of 30+ minutes. The drone has a maximum range of 4 km with a survey area of 0.5 to 1 sq. km. It can perform a wide array of tasks in precision agriculture, i.e., optimizing crop health, yields, leading to sustainable farming. 

With the help of the above drones, OUS will be offering services focused on precision agriculture, pesticides/fertilizer spraying. The drone-based service will utilize a hub and spoke model to bring efficiency, cost-effectiveness and speed to agricultural practices in India. OUS is actively engaging with multiple National and State-run co-operative societies, Government Organizations and Agricultural Universities.

To support the farmers, OUS endeavors to launch these drones to be used in precision farming and spraying at affordable prices. The pricing strategy will enable mass level deployment and adoption of drones, across India. The initiative is expected to help the farmers improve their farmland productivity and yield while reducing their input costs which will lead to an increase in their incomes. After-sales service and support will be another key focus of ours to ensure that operations are run smoothly. To support this, OUS will have a set of drones and drone components on standby and also a team with the relevant technical and operational qualifications.

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