Chennai-based Garuda Aerospace and Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems will integrate Garuda’s indigenous drones with Lockheed’s advanced Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) software solutions for defence and commercial purposes.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed by both the companies in this regard. The partnership will work closely to build a strong data processing capability and develop joint algorithms, which will cater to a wide range of drones and various drone-based service applications in sectors such as defence, agriculture, mining, large scale mapping and industrial inspection, an official statement said.

“I’m delighted and thrilled to be working with Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems. This partnership will give Garuda Aerospace a strong competitive edge to cement market dominance in several sectors,” says Agnishwar Jayaprakash, founder and CEO, Garuda Aerospace.

According to Jayaprakash, ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 100 Garuda drones in 100 locations across the country and former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni becoming the company’s brand ambassador, Garuda Aerospace has built a tremendous order book with immense credibility to deliver drones to various sectors. “This is why global corporations like Lockheed Martin, have faith in Garuda as a worthy partner," he adds.

Garuda Aerospace recently commenced its $30 million Series A round at $250 million valuation. The company has a drone fleet of 400 drones and a well-trained team of over 500 pilots across 26 different cities.

“For over 30 years, our team has developed advanced software solutions for the UAS market and we look forward to working with Garuda Aerospace to bring that technology and experience to their Made-in-India drones. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to support the growth of an indigenous defence and aerospace manufacturing ecosystem in India. This will be a step forward in bringing world class drone software solutions to diverse market segments in India and creating high tech job opportunities,” said Michael Baker, general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems.

Garuda Aerospace has been termed as India’s most valuable startup and the company says it expects to be India’s first drone unicorn startup in the near future.

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