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UAVAid and Halkin Group sign MOU to support Kenya COVID-19 recovery with use of drones

UAVaid, one of the UK’s leading developers of specialist drone technology, has signed an agreement with Halkin Group, paving the way for their drones to be used in Kenya to help the country rebuild and strengthen its healthcare system and economy after the Coronavirus pandemic, reports suasnews.com.

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 allows drones to operate in Kenya.

The HANSARD drone is capable of delivering cargo (including medical supplies), in a single flight, of up to 10kg at a time over journey distances up to 300 km. Developed by UAVaid in the UK and EU, specifically for African requirements, the drones have already successfully conducted medical delivery flights, mapping and wildlife support in Malawi. 

The collaboration with Halkin Group builds on the local knowledge and infrastructure of this Kenyan based organisation. A UAVAid spokesperson, 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.  The multi-role capabilities will help the Kenyan people by supporting their economic recovery through the development of the livestock, agriculture and security sectors”.

A Halkin Group spokesperson commented, “This is an important development at a critical time for Kenya and the HANSARD will bring new standards of drone performance covering utility and safety. The track record of success in Spain and Malawi has proven the value of this system.”

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