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L&T, IdeaForge to collaborate on drones for defence

Lucknow, February 10, 2020: India’s largest manufacturer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), ideaForge, and largest private sector defence company Larsen and Toubro (L&T), have entered an MoU to offer drones and allied systems for defence use. They will combine their strengths to offer hi-tech, integrated drone solutions to enhance security and surveillance. They will also offer anti-drone solutions to counter the threat of malicious or unintended usage of drones.
The MoU involves collaboration on technology, products, deployment and go-to-market strategies. It will unlock the full potential of unmanned aerial systems in security, surveillance and protection solutions. With the ever-increasing adoption of drone technology, the ideaForge-L&T partnership will redefine the landscape of unmanned systems.
Says Ankit Mehta, CEO, ideaForge:“We are excited to partner with L&T as it will bring their vast experience in design and development of Defence systems to our product offerings as well as a global orientation to address market demands. Our collaboration will create a platform to help develop mission-specific, fully integrated solutions that customers worldwide are looking for.”
Adds J D Patil, Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Defence & Smart Technologies), L&T, said, “We are teaming as partners of choice to provide indigenously developed unmanned systems for the Indian and global markets. We are confident, this alliance will create a successful Make in India collaboration between a diversified engineering conglomerate and a young, technology-driven company for across the range offerings.”
The announcement was made on the sidelines of  DefExpo 2020, held here last week.