23 June 2022
Never mind eVTOLs and air taxis… drones are where the real money is and a bigger threat to airspace. That’s clear after German drone company Wingcopter announced a deal to supply 12,000 drones for a delivery network across Africa.
That’s right. Twelve Thousand!
Continental Drones has become a Wingcopter Authorized Partner (WAPP) for all 49 sub-Saharan countries. Over the next five years, the goal is to deploy 12,000 Wingcopter 198s, ‘the world’s most advanced delivery drone’, throughout Africa.
It makes sense across Africa where the drone network will help build faster, cheaper, more sustainable, and more efficient transport infrastructure.
“Together with Wingcopter, we are committed to accelerate the development and economic integration of Africa by enabling the creation of drone-based delivery networks across the continent,” said Alexander Asiedu, founder of Continental Drones.
“With our longstanding business experience on the ground and Wingcopter’s best-in-class drone technology, these networks offer a real chance to fuel economic development and help improve the livelihood of millions.”
Tom Plümmer, co-founder and CEO of Wingcopter, added, “We are convinced that our cooperation with Alex and his Continental Drones team will unlock the African drone delivery market on a large scale, allowing us to jointly improve and save millions of lives.”
The Wingcopter 198 has a tilt-rotor mechanism to take off and land vertically while flying long distances efficiently.