During the Covid-19 pandemic, Our Country has demonstrated how it has risen to challenges and unfolded the opportunities. Due to this Pandemic, governments all over the world are focusing efforts on making their economies more self-sustained. Our Honourable Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi has announced a special economic package worth 20 lakh crore rupees for an 'Atma-Nirbhar Bharat' or self-reliant India, saying that self-reliance is the only way to ensure that 21st Century belongs to India. This is equivalent to almost 10 percent of India’s GDP. It will cater to various sections including cottage industry, MSMEs, labourers, middle class, and industries, among others. The states were allowed to increase their borrowing limit unconditionally by 0.5% of their Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).
As a leading supplier of tooling to Fixed Wing Military Aircraft, Helicopters, Transport Aircraft, , unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), M/s Legend Technologies which is enabling country’s Aerospace sector to improve reliability and enhance operational performance, now started focussing on the things that matter to the Country.
The Indian civil Helicopter numbers account for less than one per cent of the world’s civil chopper fleet of over 34,000. Although the first civil helicopter in India was flown in November 1953, the commercial use of choppers was limited.
Smaller Countries like Japan, Newzealand, Italy, France and UK have more than 750 helicopters. Brazil uses more than 2000 Choppers the total number of civil helicopters that were registered and operational in India stood at less than 250.
Dr.Reddy has seen that India has got a tremendous potential for growth of helicopter-based logistics services for moving men and materials. This machine can be deployed for multiple tasks. With slowdown in Fixed Wing Pilot jobs, it is possible that perspective pilots may seek the option of CPL(H). There are two types of licenses issued for the Helicopter pilots in India. These are PPL (H) i.e., Private Helicopter Pilot License and CPL (H) i.e., Commercial Helicopter Pilot License. For Aspirants who wanted to pursue a Private Pilot License (H), it became practically exceedingly difficult in India as there are only couple of academies. So, PPL aspirants are visiting foreign flying clubs. Others are getting a PPL on a Fixed wing in India, and later get it converted to PPL(H) abroad.
In our country M/s Hindustan Aeronautics is the only Company that undertakes Design and Development of Helicopters. Other Private firms are manufacturing detail parts and Assembly (Built to print). Dr Ranga Reddy analysed all these aspects and came out with the concept of deriving benefits with the availability of natural and skilled human resources, expertise in manufacturing, Analysis, Testing of Helicopter products in home country by Sharing strong synergies with Industry, Academia and Professional Societies there by judging the domestic demand.
M/s Legend Technologies, Bengaluru has undertaken extensive study with the technologies and expertise available in the country and came out with the decision that Design and development of Two-Seater Indian Ultra-Light Helicopter (IULH) is very much feasible with the support and hand holding of all organizations. Accordingly M/s Legend Technologies, Bengaluru has signed MoU with Govt of Karnataka for design, development and manufacturing of Two-seater Light Helicopter for Civil & Naval application in the presence of Honourable Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh on 05/02/2021 at Aero India Exhibition. Dr.G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO),Shri Gaurav Gupta IAS Additional Chief Secretary – Commerce and Industries, Commissioner for Industrial Development, Government of Karnataka, Shri Gunjan Krishna IAS Commissioner for Industrial Development and Director, Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Karnataka and Managing Director Karnataka Udyog Mitra, Shri Revanna Gowda and other Civil, and Military Dignitaries were present.
Legend Technologies (India) Pvt Ltd signed MoU with Government of Karnataka to Design and Development of two seater ultra-light helicopter in the presence of Hon’ble Ministry of Defence Shri Rajnath Singh; DRDO, Navy Dignitaries, and Government of Karnataka Representatives. Aero India – 2021, Bengaluru (05.02.2021)
Maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator was carried out successfully by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka on July 01, 2022. Operating in a fully autonomous mode, the aircraft exhibited a perfect flight, including take-off, way point navigation and a smooth touchdown. This flight marks a major milestone in terms of proving critical technologies towards the development of future unmanned aircraft and is significant step towards self-reliance in such strategic defence technologies.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is designed & developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, a premier research laboratory of DRDO. It is powered by a small turbofan engine. The airframe, undercarriage and entire flight control and avionics systems used for the aircraft were developed indigenously.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and said it is a major achievement towards autonomous aircraft and will pave the way for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in terms of critical military systems.
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of the teams associated in the design, development and testing of the system.