India first government approved drone AgribotIndia’s first government approved drone, the Agribot, was certified in only 35 days – the latest evidence of the country’s determination to support domestic drone manufacturing and become a global drone hub.

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India’s Union Aviation Minister has awarded the first Type Certificate issued under the 2021 Drone Rules to Gurugram-based IoTechWorld, for their precision agriculture tool Agribot.

It’s a win for IoTechWorld, but also a win for the Indian drone industry.  According to a Ministry of Civil Aviation press release, the Ministry release new guidelines for drone certification last January, designed to make it easier for manufacturers to obtain type certification.  This week, India’s first government approved drone received Type Certification (TC) just 34 days after the company’s online application was submitted onto India’s DigitalSky platform.

India’s 2021 Drone Rules allow for a 75 day turnaround, requiring the…