A number of drone test sites will be created across Russia by the end of 2021, and these sites will ease the authorisation of heavy drones used in the agricultural and industrial sectors, co-director of the Aeronet working group of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) Sergey Zhukov said on Tuesday.
"We need test sites for aircraft design, testing and certification. They will be created within three years, by [the end of] 2021. The procedure comprises the verification of equipment, and its systems which include propeller, engine, ground control stations and communication channels. As much as 570 million rubles [$8.8 million] will be allocated for the initiative," Zhukov said.
The creation of test sites will facilitate the certification of drones that weigh more than 66 pounds (30 kilogrammes), the Aeronet chief added. Additionally, these unmanned aircraft can be used in industry and agriculture and be able to transport heavy loads and monitor gas pipelines, roads and power transmission lines.