Adani-Elbit UAV unit inaugurated

On 14 December 2018, Adani Defence and Aerospace (ADA) inaugurated its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) facility in Hyderabad, set up in partnership with Israel’s Elbit Systems. “The UAV complex, which has a staff count of 110, will roll out four complete carbon areo-structures for Hermes 900 in 2019 and 18 aero-structures in 2020. The first of the aero-structures is expected to roll out in March 2019... The structures would then be sent to Israel for final assembly for the global market,” stated ADA head Ashish Rajvansi. Should the company receive orders for 150 UAVs expected from the Indian MoD, the Hermes 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV would be built entirely in India and the complex upgraded.  “Other than the UAV complex, the 20 acre Aerospace Park will also house a helicopter unit and a training and R&D facility. Of which, the helicopter gear complex – a joint venture with Rave Gears – is  expected to come up by September next year.”