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India is launching trials for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations, taking its unmanned aerial industry forward. Indian company ANRA Technologies, an expert in integrated airspace management, and Swiggy on-demand delivery app will power the unprecedented drone deliveries in India.
The India Ministry of Defense (MoD), Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA), and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), awarded final clearances for the ANRA Technologies led consortia to commence trials for BVLOS operations in India. The goal is to gather data and make this scalable across the country and supporting the development of the nationwide operational UAS Traffic Management (UTM) platform called Digital Sky.
ANRA’s flight team launched its first sortie on June 16, 2021. For the next several weeks, the flight team will conduct BVLOS food and medical package deliveries using ANRA SmartSkies technology and SmartSkies DELIVERY, ANRA’s software solution that connects customers, delivery services, and other stakeholders.
India is looking at the operations to fast-track its policies and prepare the local industry for a significant push into the drone services segment globally.
“At the end of the day, this is going to be like Uber Eats or Door Dash – whether it’s food delivery or other items, whether it’s middle mile or last mile, it’ll happen,” according to dronelife.com.