Garuda and Beihang UAS Technology partner on cargo UAVs
Garuda Indonesia has entered into a partnership with Beihang UAS Technology to use BKZ-005 unmanned aerial vehicles to transport cargo in Indonesia.
In the initial stage, Garuda will take three of the UAVs, which will be capable of carrying up to 1.2t of cargo, with an endurance of 1,200km while flying at an altitude of up to 5,000m.
Testing the UAVs will take place in September, with plans to begin operational deployments in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The SkyTeam carrier says it plans to deploy up to 100 UAVs across Indonesia for its cargo operations, as part of a wider focus on growing its domestic cargo operations.
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