05 September 2023, Hyderabad: India’s leading drone manufacturer “Marut Drones” has become the first player to have DGCA-type certification in both small and medium-category battery-operated drones. Marut Drones received the Type Certification approvals from the Director General of Civil Aviation for their extensively tested and robustly designed multi-utility agricultural drone in the small category (less than 25kg) AG-365S. As per UAS Rules-2021, Drones with UIN numbers are only allowed to fly in Indian Airspace.
DGCA certification is provided based on quality checks and is issued after a rigorous testing process of unmanned aerial vehicles in various NABL-accredited testing labs. This makes UAVs go through a series of material, environmental, and operational tests for safe, secure, and reliable operations. The certification enables the Hyderabad-based firm to bring the users their agricultural drone technology which can revolutionize Indian Agriculture.
Marut Drones Founder, Mr Prem Kumar Vislawath, said, “Marut Drones has been taking steps in line with its vision of Advancing Agriculture. Manual spraying in agriculture has caused a huge negative health impact on operators. And a mindless repetition of these sprays is inhumane exposing the operator to chemicals and leading to cancers. With both type certification and RTPO approvals by DGCA for small-category drones, manual inhumane operations can be easily performed by drones making it safe for the operator. This also creates new job opportunities in rural areas. A drone entrepreneur using this drone can earn anywhere between Rs.40,000 to Rs.90,000 enabling him to work in the comfort of his home making a positive impact on farmers”.
AG-365S is designed and developed for Indian conditions and can be used for multiple purposes giving a higher RoI to the user. AG-365S drone is compact in size yet delivers, with 22-minute endurance ensuring users maximum returns. AG-365S is equipped with advanced obstacle and terrain sensors which enable safe and smooth operations even in rough and patchy terrains.
AG-365S is equipped with multiple payloads and one AG-365S can be used for spraying pesticides, granular spreaders, and also for running RPTO drone training academies. AG-365S is extensively tested for more than 1.5 lakh acres and optimized for performance to be used in agriculture. Further, extensive research is undertaken with AG-365S for the development of crop-specific drone spraying SOPs in collaboration with prestigious agriculture universities and research institutes.
Having been awarded a type certificate for the AG-365S model, Drone is now eligible for ₹ 10 lakh unsecured loans from the Agri Infrastructure Fund at a minimal 5-6% interest. Further, AG 365S is covered by comprehensive insurance protecting the customers from any unforeseen incidents and giving them peace of mind.
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