Top 10 Ingenious Drone Startups in India 2020

by May 2, 2020


With the rise in autonomous technologies, Drones, unmanned aircraft controlled by remote controller, have become extensively deployable across several industries. In today’s age and particularly in the current situation of national lockdown and social distancing due to coronavirus outbreak, the unmanned aerial vehicles have become a necessity more than a luxury. However, drones or unmanned aircraft have been here for a long time now but majorly for military purposes. But as now the advancements are upscaling we can see their implementation for several purposes.

The rising demand for drones in the market has driven some of the great innovators to come up with a wide array of innovative drone solutions. A number of startups can be seen flourishing in this arena. Here are the top 10 ingenious drone startups gaining momentum across India in 2020.


Aarav Unmanned Systems

AUS, the first Indian company to develop professional drone solutions for enterprises, is a start-up that originated from IIT Kanpur in the year 2013 and presently headquartered in Bangalore, the technology hub of the country.
In the last 5 years of its existence, drones manufactured at AUS are constantly setting world-class technology benchmarks because of the continuous efforts on Drone Intelligence, Hardware optimization & Design innovation. Having served key players across various verticals both for the private and public sectors, AUS is already the undisputed leader of commercial drones in India.

AUS is backed by some of the most reputed firms and individuals such as GrowX, 500 Startups, StartupXseed, 3one4 capital, Valpro, Mr. Ashok Atluri (Zen technologies) and Mr. Sanjay Jesrani (GoNorth ventures).


1 Martian Way Corporation

1 Martian Way (1MW) is an Artificial Intelligence company based in Mumbai, India which manufactures software & embedded AI products that power drones, robots, web/mobile platforms, and advanced automation systems. The company is most popularly known as the creators of the internationally acclaimed Indian Drone Racing League (IDRL).

Its products include the 1MW Geospatial Intel Suite, 1MW Backduck, and 1MW xFleetY. 1 Martian Way’s brand family includes the Indian Drone Racing League (IDRL) and Roboland. The company also licenses its technology to third party vendors and companies.


Cron Systems

CRON Systems is a leading provider of high-performance, sensing products and perception software that brings vision to the UAVs, automobiles, mapping, security, and general surveillance and other industries to enhance situational awareness.

CRON Systems’ offerings include the Kavach series of advanced multi-sensor scanners, and SenseEdge its perception software, designed to complement the hardware offerings with advanced AI and machine learning-based perception, prediction, and planning features.

CRON Systems is backed by top-tier strategic partners and investors, including YourNest Venture Capital, Techstars Adelaide, and Cisco Launchpad.


AerialPhoto (Envent digital Technologies)

AerialPhoto (Event digital Technologies) seeks to acquire and create the preeminent aerial imagery there is to capture. To provide its assistance at a national scale, offering its clients services they cannot refuse. To work incessantly and give its customers the most coercive aerial filming experience there is.

AerialPhoto’s vision is to set the highest standards possible in every facet of the Aerial Industry. To be a one-stop production house offering diversity in its business acumen.

The company offers a broad range of services from Aerial Filming & Cinematography to Real Estate Filming to Construction Site Filming to Mapping & Surveying 360 Degree Virtual Tours. It also has a broad range of equipment by which it can cater to different requirements of clients and customers.


Detect Technologies

Founded by a team of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras graduates, and Professors, Detect Technologies incubated in 2016 at the IIT Madras Research Park with the aim to assist process industries in driving digital transformation for asset integrity solutions. Detect technologies reside at the intersection of patented hardware and intelligent algorithms and create value for its industry partners by enabling the development of real predictive capability.

An intelligent drone for reliable inspection of assets- is the first of its kind truly automated drone. As the assets differ in sizes and locations, Noctua can be programmed to cater to specific requirements of each equipment such as columns, vessels, reactors, etc. This flight path is repeatable with extreme precision making it a truly repeatable periodic inspection. Noctua is the only drone in the world, which can do a programmed flight indoors owing to its unique positioning system. The calibration of the state of art thermal camera installed on Noctua is maintained consistently by intelligent software.


Drone Tech Lab

Rchobbytech Solutions Private Limited is a company started by a team of technocrats a couple of years ago and is prominently making its way to the top and leading the markets. The base of the company is in Kolkata (West Bengal, India), from where it is eminently functioning and successful carrying out business dealings throughout the nation. The company is backed by a team of experts who is highly experienced in their respective domains and are also well versed in the objectives of the organization.

The company Rchobbytech Solutions Private Limited, has been greatly functioning and is excelling by offering outclassing products and services. The company manufactures Agricultural Drones, Pesticide Spraying Drones, Crop Monitoring Drones, Surveillance Drones, Drones Camera, and Photography Drones.

Being a service provider, the company has gained expertise in offering Drone Manufacturing, Aerial Photography, Surveillance Drone, and Digital Photography services to the customers.



Aero360 is a Drone Solutions company offering end-to-end drone solutions for Enterprises. Its drone solutions include:

Turnkey Services: 360*solutions including data acquisition, processing and analysis globally through the Pilot Partner Network & Centralised Data Processing for your projects

Drone Tool Kits: Industry-specific drone toolkits & accessories to enable in-house drone programs for your enterprise

Data Processing & Analysis: Process & Analyse raw data from your UAV/Drone for deriving actionable intelligence

Training & Consulting: Industry relevant UAV training and expert consultancy services for your project requirements

Drone Repair Services: Extensive local support for repairs & maintenance through company’s network of drone repair centers for your Drones

Aero360’s solutions provide high-resolution aerial images & videos to enable better scoping, assessment, planning, surveying, design, inspection & maintenance decisions.



ideaForge is India’s largest manufacturer of drones for defense, homeland security, and industrial applications. Founded in 2007 by IIT-Bombay alumni, the organization has a consistent market share of over 90% in the Security & Surveillance segment. The organization is a licensed manufacturer of UAVs approved by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

ideaForge is the first organization to indigenously develop and manufacture Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) UAVs in India. It is the pioneer in the UAV industry in India and has multiple IPs to its credit, including the then world’s lightest autopilot in 2009. Currently, the organization has deployed over 700 systems and has trained over 1300 pilots in services including the Indian Army, Navy, Air-Force, all CAPFs (CRPF, BSF, NSG, etc), State Police Forces, Indian Railways, TAFE, NTPC, DRDO, L&T and many more.

A vertically integrated organization with in-house R&D, design, software, manufacturing, services, and training operations, ideaForge delivers world-class end-to-end solutions for an array drone of requirements in defense, homeland security, and enterprise sectors. The company is continually innovating and experimenting to transform its aerial platforms, to offer greater performance, higher reliability, and autonomy.


Indrones Solutions

Indrones marks its inception from the year 2013 with participation in SAE Aero Design 2013 Competition held in Dallas, Forth Worth. Having achieved great success in the competition, the company started its journey professionally in the UAV Industry. The team at Indrones is quite early to explore the potentials of UAVs in the civilian sectors in India and worked on several big and small projects while working with several Government Departments. With all the experience to back the company, Indrones officially started off in June 2015 and since then it has been developing technologies to implement solutions for various applications using UAVs.

The company claims that it likes to consider UAV as a tool that can be used, by the soldiers to gather real-time situational awareness, by a surveyor to get better data, by a farmer to assess the crop health, by film-makers to bring in shots that were never possible before. While being a revolutionary tool, UAVs also need to be easy to use, affordable, and most importantly, reliable, and safe.