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Bharat Drone Shakti 2023


  • The Defence Minister inaugurated the Bharat Drone Shakti 2023, first-of-its-kind drone exhibition at the Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad.
  • It has been jointly organized by Indian Air Force (IAF) and Drone Federation of India (DFI).
  • It featured around 75 drone startups from across the country.
  • The event also saw the formal induction of the C-295 transport aircraft into the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • The event showcased the potential of indigenous drone design and development, with over 50 live aerial demonstrations featuring various drone applications.
  • These demonstrations include drone survey, agriculture drones, fire suppression drones, tactical surveillance drones, heavy-lift logistics drones, drone swarms and counter-drone solutions.
  • Drone technology has swiftly transformed military and civilian sectors by enhancing efficiency, reducing risk exposure, and expanding capabilities.
  • The IAF has recognized the growing importance of drones in both these sectors and initiated the Meher Baba Swarm Drone competition to tap into India's drone capabilities.

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