Navy Vice Chief Reviews New Personal Air Mobility Vehicle ‘Varuna’

Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral SN Ghormade reviewed the progress and witnessed flight trials of ‘Varuna’ – a personal air mobility vehicle capable of being launched and recovered from moving ships, said the Navy on Thursday.

The vehicle is planned to be used for inter-ship transfer of stores and personnel.

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Varuna has been made by M/s Sagar Defence Engineering and the Naval Innovation & Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO). NIIO is working closely with the firm for variants of the vehicle for inter-ship transfer of stores and personnel.

Autonomous launch and QR code-based recovery on moving platforms at sea has already been previously demonstrated.

Navy Vice Chief also saw the autonomous boats and prototype of Autonomous Modular Inflatable Target (AMIT) for which a patent application has been filed by the Indian Navy.


These projects are a result of close collaboration between the private sector, academia, R&D Establishment (Engrs)/DRDO, and NIIO.

M/s Sagar Defence Engineering is one amongst the deep tech start-ups identified by NIIO for handholding by being designated as the ‘Industry Innovation Partner’.


Rajesh Negi

Defence & Sports Enthusiast

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