The first “type certificate” (TC) under the Drone Rules, 2021 was given to Gurugram-based IoTechWorld Aviation, which was founded in April 2017 and is one of India’s major manufacturers, on Tuesday.
On May 11, 2022, IoTech received the TC 34 days after submitting their online application on the DGCA’s DigitalSky Platform. “This is despite the fact that the Drone Rules, 2021, allow 60 days to Quality Council of India (QCI) or the Certification Bodies (CB) and 15 days to DGCA for issuing the Type Certificate (i.e 75 days in total), provided all the necessary documents and test reports are as per specifications,” the aviation ministry said in a statement.
Scindia stated that his administration is pursuing the goal of “minimum government, maximum governance.” India has set a goal of becoming a drone hub by 2030, and is taking steps in that direction with the issuing of a type certificate in a record-breaking 34 days. He noted that certification for the other drone prototypes would be granted soon.
The “certification scheme for unmanned aircraft systems” (CSUAS) for acquiring TC for drones was notified last August, while the “drone rules, 2021” were notified this January. “QCI has approved three globally known Certification Bodies (CBs): TQ Cert, UL India, and Bureau Veritas. According to the ministry statement, “drone manufacturers are free to approach any Certification Body for testing their drone prototype.”
The Quality Council of India created the drone certification process in January 2022 after consulting with drone startups, industry, academia, and defence professionals. “An eco-system for world-class drones to be made in India and sold all over the world is anticipated to emerge as a result of the drone certification process.” There are currently 14 drone prototypes undergoing certification test. Over the following three years, the number of Type Certified prototypes could approach 100, according to the statement.