Saudi Arabia vies to become global heavy-lift drone hub

Saudi Arabia is seeking to establish itself as a global center of new drone technology by focusing on development of heavy-lift drone design, production, and operation. The push is being led by the country’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Heavy-lift drones at center of wider Saudi tech development

Saudi officials believe the swiftly advancing capacities and deployment of heavy-lift drones represent a growth segment within the advanced air mobility (AAM) sector that’s ready to soar. The aim of staking out a spot in relatively early stage expansion, they say, is to not only serve international transport operators and clients, but also for use towards pressing internal Saudi infrastructure priorities. That, they believe, will position the kingdom to shape more refined regulatory frameworks that matured activities will require. 

Recent applications of heavy-lift drones convinced Saudi Arabia the…