A small category multi-utility drone developed by a Hyderabad-based startup for use in agriculture, training purposes.
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Marut Drones has secured type certification approvals from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for its AG-365S kisan drone for use in agriculture and also for drone pilot training given by the remote pilot training organisation (RPTO).
The company claimed that it is the country’s first multi-utility agriculture small category drone to receive the DGCA-approved type certificate. The AG-365S drone has highest endurance of 22 minutes, is equipped with high-end sensors for smooth operations and tested extensively for best quality,
According to Marut Drones founder Kumar Vislawath, the company has already developed a multi-purpose medium category agricultural drone and multiple RPTOs in partnership with well-known institutions across the country. He stated that India is a leading drone manufacturer and Marut Drones has become the first player to have DGCA type certification in both small and medium category battery-operated drones.
Marut Drones recently received the type certification approvals from the DGCA for their extensively tested and robustly designed multi-utility agricultural drone in small category (less than 25 kg) AG-365S. As per UAS Rules-2021, drones with UIN numbers are only allowed to fly in the Indian airspace.
Mr. Vislawath explained that DGCA certification is provided based on quality checks and issued after a rigorous testing process of unmanned aerial vehicles in various NABL-accredited testing labs. The process makes UAV go through a series of material, environmental, operational tests for safe, secured and reliable operations. The certification enables the Hyderabad-based firm take drone technology to users in the agricultural sector towards modernising agricultural operations.
Further, he stated that spraying of chemicals/pesticides in agriculture would cause huge negative health impact on operators and repetition of the activity would be inhumane, exposing the operator to chemicals and leading to cancers.