Whether it was in 2013 when the Indian Army needed to look for survivors in submerged areas of Uttarakhand or more recently in 2016, when the Army commandos wanted essential intelligence on the positions of the Lakshar-e-Taiba militants holed up in a government building in Pampore, it was ideaForge’s UAVs which acted as the Indian commandos’ eyes.
Developing drones for the Indian defence establishments and other government organisations is what ideaForge has been doing since 2008 – the year when India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) spotted the talented team of three founders rubbing shoulders with the students of MIT USA.
“We had just tied up for the first place in the MAV 2008 competition (held by the Indian Army and the Department of Defense, USA) with MIT USA in a hovering competition. This opened the eyes of the DRDO to the fact that there is a team in India that can develop technology from first principles and actually make it work. They started approaching us to deliver a lot of products for them. Till then we were just making avionics for UAVs,” shares Ankit Mehta, Cofounder and CEO of ideaForge Technology.
In 2009, the startup came out with the world’s smallest and lightest autopilot UAV (only 10gm) and then soon after that developed the country’s first fully autonomous vertical take-off and landing UAV. The team has not looked back since then. While refusing to divulge its revenue figures, Mehta says the company has gained sufficient market strength based on that initial traction.
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