DGCA accords Marut Drones with Type Certification and RPTO Approval
HYDERABAD: Hyderabad-based Marut Drones on Tuesday received the 'Type Certification' approvals from the Director General of Civil Aviation for their extensively tested multi-utility agricultural drone AG 365.
The AG 365 is designed and developed for Indian conditions and can be used for multiple purposes giving a higher ROI to the user. It is extensively tested for more than 1.5 lakhs acres and optimized for performance to be used in agriculture. Further, extensive research is undergone with AG 365 for development of crop specific drone spraying SOPs in collaboration with agriculture universities and research institutes.
Having been awarded type certificate for AG 365 model, the Drone is now eligible for Rs. 10 lakh unsecured loans from the Agri Infrastructure Fund at a minimal 5-6% interest. Further, a 50%-100% subsidy can be availed from the Government of India.
In addition, Marut Drones have been accorded RPTO approvals which enables training and capacity building of drone pilots focussed on safe agriculture operations, repair and maintenance. The company is tying up with major universities to enable drone pilots with highest quality training and with this, it sees a vision of development of 2 lakh drone entrepreneur in countryside.
According to DGCA, a remote pilot training organisation (RPTO) is an organisation authorised by the DGCA to impart remote pilot training to any individual seeking for a remote pilot certificate under Rule 34 of Drone Rules 2021.
DGCA certification is provided on the basis of quality checks and is issued after a rigorous testing process of unmanned aerial vehicles in various NABL accredited testing labs. This makes UAV go through a series of material, environmental, operational tests for safe, secured 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, Prem Kumar Vislawath, said, “Marut Drones has been taking steps in line with its vision of advancing agriculture. A drone entrepreneur using this drone can earn anywhere between Rs.40,000 to Rs.90,000 enabling him to work at comfort of his home making a positive impact on farmers".
Marut Drones Co-founder Suraj Peddi said “All the drones in the market can only be used for a single purpose like spraying pesticides in the farms. Understanding the ground reality of farmers, for better ROI and product experience we have built the first multi-purpose drone."