New Delhi: In a ground breaking development in India’s defence sector, the Indian Army has taken a monumental leap forward with the introduction of its latest innovation: a hexacopter drone armed with a machine gun. This cutting-edge technology, developed under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, heralds a new era in tactical operations and promises to revolutionize soldier safety and bolster the nation’s security apparatus.

Recently, the Sirin Hexadrones made by Ikran Aerospace and Technologies Pvt Ltd were put through their paces alongside newly inducted weapons during integrated small arms firing, witnessed by the esteemed General Officer Commanding Vajra Corps of the Western Command, Indian Army.

Crafted by the visionary minds at Ikran Aerospace, a start-up led by seasoned veteran Capt. Vidul Kelshikar (Retired), this hexacopter drone represents the pinnacle of indigenous UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology. Drawing upon the wealth of experience and expertise possessed by ex-servicemen, Sirin Drones has emerged as a trailblazer in developing solutions aimed at reducing soldier fatalities and bolstering military capabilities.

On the trials, Capt. Vidul remarked “As a veteran soldier and entrepreneur, my mission has always been twofold: to give back to the organization that shaped me and to innovate in ways that could potentially save lives. It’s a challenge I wholeheartedly embrace, knowing that every solution we develop has the potential to make a meaningful impact. Whether it’s through advanced technology or strategic initiatives, the opportunity to contribute to something greater than myself is both a privilege and a responsibility.”

Equipped with a versatile modular weapon system, the hexacopter drone can adapt to various combat scenarios, accommodating an array of armaments ranging from small firearms to grenades and mortars. Its sophisticated systems, boasting advanced target detection algorithms and stringent safety protocols, ensure pinpoint accuracy while mitigating the risk of collateral damage. Additionally, integrated safety features such as fire controls and encrypted communications fortify the drone against potential threats like spoofing and jamming. Its operational flexibility enables real-time intelligence gathering, surgical strikes, cordon and search operations, and continuous surveillance, thereby augmenting military effectiveness across diverse terrains and scenarios.


The Sirin Hexadrone represents the forefront of aerial Innovation, boasting impressive range and extended flight endurance that underscore its reliability and efficiency. Its lightweight design belies robust capabilities, making it an ideal choice for various demanding applications. Powered by environmentally friendly EV electric propulsion, the Hexadrone operates quietly and efficiently. It also features a substantial payload capacity, enhancing its versatility for uses ranging from aerial photography and surveillance to industrial inspections.

Ikran Aerospace, a prominent entity within a larger conglomerate, is at the forefront of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector, pushing the boundaries of aerospace innovation with state-of-the-art technologies. Specializing in the design, development, production, and distribution of advanced, tailor-made UAVs, Ikran caters to a variety of industries, offering bespoke solutions that meet specific client needs. The company’s team comprises experts in diverse engineering disciplines, including aeronautics, mechanical, electrical, and electronics engineering, as well as mechatronics. Ikran Aerospace is also a holder of significant intellectual property rights, including numerous design patents and proprietary software that enhance its UAVs’ flight and camera capabilities, setting new industry standards.

As Ikran Aerospace continues to push the limits of technological advancement, the Indian Army stands firm in its commitment to safeguard the nation’s sovereignty and ensure peace and security. This ground breaking partnership between veterans, innovators, and the military showcases India’s preparedness to tackle emerging challenges with creativity and resolve.

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(With Agency Inputs)