Ministry of Defence
azadi ka amrit mahotsav g20-india-2023


Posted On: 23 SEP 2022 4:13PM by PIB Delhi

To provide a boost to the growing indigenous drone industryHon'ble Raksha Mantri had launched the "MEHAR BABA COMPETITION-IIon 06 April 2022 at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan)The competition is aimed at developing technology for a "Swarm Drone Based System to Detect Foreign Objects on Aircraft Operating Surfaces". The competition is named after the legendary Air Commodore Mehar SinghMVCDSO affectionately also known as Mehar BabaThe first edition of the competition was launched in October 2018 and had culminated in October 2021

All aircraft operators face a challenge in keeping the aircraft operating surfaces clean and clear of Foreign Object Debris (FOD)Very oftenthis is a labour-intensive task that needs to be repeated over a dayThis manpower could be more gainfully employed if personnel could focus solely on their core tasksFurthermorevisual spotting of FOD in low light conditions becomes rather challenging. 

Hencethe IAF is seeking innovative solutions towards detection of FOD without physical employment of manpower on the aircraft operating surfaces. Registration for this competition is open to Indian citizens and Indian registered entities onlyThe last date for registration is 02 October 2022. All relevant details regarding this competition have been placed at https:/




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