14-Year-Old from India Builds Drone to Zap Landmines

The Mirror reports that 14-year-old Harshwardhan Zala from the western state of Gujarat in India has struck a $730,000 deal with the Indian Government for his invention of an anti-landmine drone which can help to detect and defuse hidden bombs in fields.

The drone is equipped with an infrared sensor, an RGB sensor, a thermal meter, a 21 megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter which can take high quality images. It can hover for about 2 feet above the ground and can send waves over a 9 square yards of surface at a time. The waves detect landmines and can send out their exact location to an army base. The drone also carries a tiny explosive weighing 0.1 pounds  that can easily detonate the landmine. The invention is said to be better than anything the army currently uses.

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Zala has set up his own company, Aerobotics, through which he intends to invent more such gadgets in the future. Dr. Narottam Sahu, head of the Gujarat Council on Science and Technology said, “An MoU has been signed with him and in the coming days the Gujarat government will work with him on this project.”

January 19, 2017   1 Comment

Gujarat, India Offers Incentives for Defense Equipment Manufacture

The western state of Gujarat in India, has released an investor-friendly Aerospace and Defense Policy 2016 that offers 10-year incentives in relation to land allotment, stamp duty, registration charges and electricity duty, to attract defense and aerospace manufacturers reports Defense World.

Terms of this policy are:

  • The state will now provide government land at 50% of jantri, or basic land rates, for setting up units during the five-year tenure of the policy
  • Land owned by the state and the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation will be given first preference for land allotment
  •  A 100% rebate on stamp duty and registration charges levied on land purchased
  • Electricity duty waiver for a period of five years since the commencement of production
  • a facility for testing and trials will also be made available
  • tax relief up to 90% of fixed capital investment, which could go up to 100% depending on the financial constraints faced by any player

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The policy also provides for cash and interest subsidies for aerospace and defense sector players wanting to establish their units in the state: the government will offer a cash subsidy up to $367,000 ( Rs 2.50 crore) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise units.

 

December 31, 2016   No Comments

India’s Britannia Industries to Go Global

Bakery and dairy product maker Britannia Industries headquartered in Bangalore, India, is planning to expand its presence in overseas markets, reports moneycontrol.

“It’s our vision to make Britannia not just an Indian food company but a global food company. We want our footprint across the globe and have made some move across that direction and a lot more would be coming in future,” said managing director Varun Berry.

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The company aims to double its revenue of $1.2 billion, for FY 2015-2016, in the next four to five years. Britannia products are currently available in 70 countries across the globe but its manufacturing activities are located in India and the Middle East only. The company is setting up an additional manufacturing plant in Gujarat‘s Export Zone.

In November, Britannia inaugurated its new R&D center at Bangalore, in which it has invested $33 million.

December 29, 2016   No Comments

India Commissions Largest Solar Plant in the World

Kamuthi, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India, now has the world’s largest solar power plant in a single location. With a capacity to produce 648 MW of electricity, the plant covers an area of  4 square miles.  The project consists of 380,000 foundations, 2.5 million individual solar modules, 576 inverters, and 154 transformers.  Each day, the plant is cleaned by a robotic system that is charged by its own solar panels, Al Jazeera reported.

Kamuthi Solar Power Plant

This solar plant is backed by the Gujarat-based conglomerate Adani Group, and it was constructed in a record time of eight months. The government wants to raise $1 trillion to quadruple its current global solar power to 1 terawatt by 2030, and there are plans to create even bigger solar parks in the state of Andhra Pradesh, says Quartz.

 

December 14, 2016   No Comments

iBASEt Expands Operations in Ahmedabad

Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, iBASEt, provider of software solutions to complex, highly regulated industries such as  Aerospace and Defense, Medical Devices, Nuclear, Industrial Equipment, Electronics, and Shipbuilding, expanded its India operations last month.

The new office in Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat, will expand iBASEt’s footprint in the global market. It will cater to the growing global demand for the company’s manufacturing, quality and MRO software solutions; support further investment in software product development; and provide services to its international customers, reports FreshNews.

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“With our presence in India expanding over the last few years, we felt it was time our office environment matched the growth of our employees,” said Vic Sial, president at iBASEt. “Our new location and enhanced operational efficiency will help us continue to grow and evolve to keep pace with our customer’s needs.”

 

October 24, 2016   No Comments