World’s largest commercial drone deployment uses German tech

World’s largest commercial drone deployment uses German tech

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By Nick Flaherty

Wingcopter in Germany is to supply 12,000 drones for the world’s largest technology deployment.

Continental Drones, a subsidiary of Ghana- and Dubai-based Atlantic Trust Holding, is setting up drone-based delivery networks with thousands of Wingcopter 198 electric drones across Africa over the next five years.

The patented tilt-rotor mechanism and software algorithms allows the Wingcopter 198 to take off and land vertically like a multicopter, while flying long distances as efficiently and quickly as a fixed-wing aircraft, even in heavy rain and wind. It can carry a payload of up to 6 kg with a range of up to 110 km at a cruising speed of 100 km/h.

These will be used for distribution networks to boost the reliability and efficiency of existing supply chains but also help create completely new ones. In many African regions, insufficient infrastructure such as poor roads is one of the biggest barriers to universal health coverage and economic development.

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Setting up large-scale drone delivery networks across African airspace will propel logistics in these countries to a new level and help build an entirely new transport framework for on-demand delivery of medicines, vaccines, or laboratory samples as well as essential goods for daily use.

“Together with Wingcopter, we are committed to accelerate the development and economic integration of Africa by enabling the creation of drone-based delivery networks across the continent,” said Alexander Asiedu, Founder of Continental Drones and Chairman of Atlantic Trust Holding. “With our longstanding business experience on the ground and Wingcopter’s best-in-class drone technology, these networks offer a real chance to fuel economic development and help improve the livelihood of millions. African nations show true leadership by implementing this cutting-edge technology for the better of their people and generations to come.”

Tom Plümmer, Co-Founder and CEO of Wingcopter, adds: “This agreement and trustful partnership is a real game-changer, positioning Wingcopter and Continental Drones at the top of the drone delivery industry. Wingcopter is well positioned to execute against the tremendous opportunity of drone delivery in the next decade. We are convinced that our cooperation with Alex and his Continental Drones team will unlock the African drone delivery market on a large scale, allowing us to jointly improve and save millions of lives.” 

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