UAVaid has signed an agreement with Halkin Group, paving the way for their drones to be brought to Kenya to help the country rebuild and strengthen its healthcare system and economy as part of a COVID response.
The memorandum of understanding MOU signed between the two organisations is aimed at leading to the deployment of UAVaid’s multi-role HANSARD drone to Kenya, providing the country with a new airborne capability for medical deliveries, agriculture development, infrastructure inspection, public safety and wildlife protection across the country.
This agreement follows the recent announcement that Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has passed a key piece of legislation that will authorise drones to start operating in Kenya.
The HANSARD drone is capable of delivering cargo of up to 10kg at a time over journey distances of up to 300 km in a single flight developed by UAVaid in the UK and EU, specifically for African requirements.
Commenting on the agreement, UAVAid said “We are delighted to be working with Halkin Group to introduce the HANSARD drone to Kenya, and support the country as it develops in the aftermath of COVID. The ability of the drone to make long range medical deliveries can significantly improve healthcare at the point-of-need whilst minimising virus transmission risk.”
Adding: “The multi-role capabilities will help the Kenyan people by supporting the economic recovery through the development of the livestock, agriculture and security sectors.”
While Halkin Group commented: “This is an important development at a critical time for Kenya and the HANSARD will become a new asset to support the Kenyan’s during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. The HANSARD will bring new standards of drone performance, utility and safety to Kenya, something reflected by its European Union Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) certification.
“The track record of success in Spain and Malawi has proven the value of the system in supporting a wide range of public and private services and its application here will benefit multiple use cases such as Agriculture, Infrastructure Monitoring, Healthcare, Insurance, Mining, Quarrying, and Oil & Gas Extraction, E-commerce delivery and Safety and Security.”