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Performance – ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’

On January 11th, 2019, the now-famous Indian military action film, Uri: The Surgical Strike, was released. Now more than 1.5 billion people have seen the film in which our RoBird® bird drone is featured. Film scouts contacted our team in the Netherlands, and commissioned our pilots to fly for scenes in the film. The film portrayed RoBird® as a project designed and manufactured by a character in the story. However, the RoBird® company is the only party that makes, flies, and trains with this UAV.

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RoBird Bird Drone Featured in Uri: The Surgical Strike

Bird Drone in Uri: Fact vs. Fiction

In the film an intern creates a robotic ‘eagle’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which he names Garuda (RoBird®). The UAV possesses features such as a high resolution camera in the eyes (16 megapixel with 7.2x digital zoom), night vision, and infrared. It flies continuously for 12 kilometers, with a four hour charge on a single battery. It can also hover in place to launch and land. In the film the military uses it for spying purposes.

In reality, RoBird® does not have these capabilities. The real UAV does have internal GPS, is modeled after a peregrine falcon, flies just a few kilometeres away, and uses a battery with a 15-minute charge. It presently requires someone to throw it for launch, and glide lands on its belly. It does not hover. Most importantly, it is not a military tool. Rather, its primary purpose is a humane method for bird control in high risk areas and complex environments.

Since the release of the film, our engineers are working on enhancing this unit’s capabilities. If a client has a special request we can now equip the RoBird with a camera (not in the eyes). In the coming years, they will also develop the unit further to achieve AI for wildlife management purposes.


To use RoBird® in your production, please submit an inquiry here. Our engineers are also able to customize a bird drone to suit specific performance needs. Please contact us at info@robird.com for detailed requests.

 To read more about the current capabilities of this UAV, please visit our FAQ page.

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