Most Promising Drone Startups In India

The Drone Industry in India has recently flourished due to various uses in Defence sectors along with civilian and commercial organisations. One of the major Defence Laboratory in India DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation has invested greatly in the Research and Development of Drones with a focus on the needs of Indian Defence scenarios.

Along with this, Drones are of major use in:

  • Assisting aid agencies during humanitarian crises and disaster management,
  • monitoring wildlife activity, animal tagging and conduct anti-poaching patrols,
  • helping farmers with their fields with simple bird's eye view of their field,
  • providing a new perspective to journalists.

Thus, there is a huge spike in the use of drones in sectors like GIS Mapping, Topographical Surveys, Industrial inspections, Powerline inspections, pipeline inspections, railway line inspections, etc.

Here is a list of the Top Drone Startups in India which have gained acceleration in the past few years:

Aarav Unmanned Systems

Founders: Yeshwanth Reddy, Vipul Singh, Suhas Banshiwala and Nikhil Upadhye

Founded in: 2013

Headquarters: Bangalore

AUS builds autonomous drones that come with the ease of operation and can be operated by any user without any specialized training. AUS is the undisputed leader of commercial drones in India as it has served key players across private and public sectors. Aarav Unmanned Systems has also developed and designed Nayan, a quadrotor for developers and researchers.

AUS claims to be performing 3D mapping & Image Processing, precision agriculture, geographical mapping and survey, aerial photography, disaster/event management, and defense surveillance.

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Aero 360

Founders: Pragadish Santosh

Founded in: 2017

Aero 360 provides end to end drone solutions for enterprises including Turnkey services, Drone tool kits, Data Processing and analysis, Training and consulting Drone repair services. Aero 360 also provides high-resolution aerial images & videos to enable better scoping, assessment, planning, surveying, design, inspection & maintenance decisions.

Also provides extensive local support for repairs & maintenance through our network of drone repair centers for your Drones. The company also provides solutions including data acquisition, processing, and analysis globally through our Pilot Partner Network & Centralised Data Processing for your projects.


Founders: Ankit Mehta, Rahul Singh, Ashish Bhat, and Vipul Joshi

Founded in: 2007

IdeaForge was founded in 2007 by Ankit Mehta, Rahul Singh, Ashish Bhat and Vipul Joshi and is engaged in the development of unmanned aerial systems that offer usability to the user-centric innovations and designs. The organization is also a licensed manufacturer of UAVs approved by the Ministry of Defence. IdeaForge also provides the flexibility to customize products for an array of requirements.

Its first product, Netra, is a man-portable autonomous UAV for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance of moving and fixed targets. It also offers Netra V series autonomous and a man-portable small unmanned aerial vehicle that weighs less than 3 kgs.

CRON Systems:

Founders: Tushar Chhabra and co-founders Saurav Agarwal and Tomer Ktzenellebogen

Founded in: 2015

Headquarters: Delhi

A defence technology startup, Cron Systems was founded in the year 2015 by Tushar Chhabra and co-founders Saurav Agarwal and Tomer Ktzenellebogen, which builds Multi-sensor enabled intrusion detection systems and drones and perimeter defence equipment. It is a leading provider of sensing products and perception software that brings vision to UAVs, automobiles, mapping, security and other industries to enhance situational awareness.

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Indian Border Security Force also installed several Cron laser walls along borders to keep a vigil on intrusion attempts across Indian borders. Cron also holds top strategic partners and investors which includes YourNest Venture capital, Techstars Adelaide and Cisco Launchpad. CRON systems offerings also include the Kavach series of advanced multi-sensor scanners and SenseEdge perception software.

DeTect Technologies:

Founders: Daniel Raj David, Harikrishnan AS, Karthik R, Tarun Mishra and Krishnan Balasubramanian

Founded in: 2016

Headquarters: Chennai

DeTect Technologies was founded by Daniel Raj David, Harikrishnan AS, Karthik R, Tarun Mishra and Krishnan Balasubramanian in the year 2016 in Chennai with a vision of providing infrastructure services to the industrial sector including drone-based monitoring of critical infrastructure.

The company focuses on developing products that help in predicting the maintenance of oil and gas pipelines and predicts leakages. DeTect also develops a semi-autonomous drone called Noctua for inspection of boilers and other O&G components.

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Founded in: 2014

Headquarters: Kolkata

The company Rchobbytech Solutions Private Limited, has been greatly functioning and is excelling by offering outclassing products and services. The company manufactures Agricultural Drones, Pesticide Spraying Drones, Crop Monitoring Drones, Surveillance Drones, Drones Camera, and Photography Drones.

Being a service provider, the company has gained expertise in offering Drone Manufacturing, Aerial Photography, Surveillance Drone, and Digital Photography services to the customers. The company has also gained expertise in offering Drone Manufacturing, Aerial Photography, Surveillance Drone and Digital Photography services to customers.

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Indrones Solutions

Founded in: 2015

Headquarters: Mumbai

The company provides intelligent data using drones. Data collected from a drone’s view using required sensors help you to take a necessary decision about your construction project, industrial premise, historical architecture, the agricultural field, or any other land. Indrones solutions also like to consider UAV as a tool that can be used, by the soldiers to gather real-time situational awareness, by a surveyor to get better data, by a farmer to assess the crop health, by film-makers to bring in shots that were never possible before.

While being a revolutionary tool, UAVs also need to be easy to use, affordable, and most importantly, reliable, and safe. The sensors in drones can estimate dimensions like breadth and height of any structure like a water tank or warehouse giving us an approx idea about the volume.

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