By Jonathan Saul
LONDON, Jul 19 (.) – Logistics giant DHL is working with Bulgarian aircraft developer Dronamics to deploy cross-border and inter-city drones to tackle supply chain problems, executives involved said. .
Restrictions imposed around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced air activity and heavy port congestion due, in part, to delayed container ships, put logistics networks in check last year , and companies are looking for ways to ease the pressure.
DHL, which is part of the Deutsche Post DHL group, said it already uses smaller drones to transport documents, packages and pharmaceuticals over limited distances in Germany, Tanzania and China.
In an email, the company noted that it had partnered with UK- and Bulgaria-based Dronamics with the goal of using the drones they have designed, which can carry 350kg of payload and have a maximum range of 2,500 km.
The first production-scale drone will be ready in October, Dronamics CEO Svilen Rangelov said, adding that it is expected to be the first commercially deployed to go beyond 100km.
(Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira and Michael Susin)