Drone Maker China Eagle to Build Biggest Production Base for Industrial UAVs
China Eagle, maker of the Divine Eagle and the Sharp Sword stealth drones, is planning to construct the country's biggest production base for industrial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The production base of the Beijing-based firm will be located in Jingjiang's economic and technological development zone in east China's Jiangsu province. It is anticipated to produce its first industrial drone this month, GPS World reported.
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The new base will have an annual production capacity of 5,000 units. It will also design the UAVs for mapping, aerial inspection, and unmanned cargo transport.
China Eagle, which also collaborates with the state oceanic administration to produce drones for shore patrols, is eyeing an estimated output value of 3 billion yuan per year. Many experts said that the general aviation sector is still unable to meet the high demand of industrial customers in China.
Meanwhile, China's e-commerce giant JD.com also unveiled its plan to build 150 operation sites for drones deliver in Sichuan province. The drone delivery sites, which aim to significantly cut down freight cost by as much as 70 percent, will deliver Sichuan's products to shoppers nationwide within 24 hours.
JD.com has been developing its drone delivery services to meet the demand of China's rural areas with complex terrain and underdeveloped infrastructure. Drones that could carry up to 50 kilograms have started its operations, while those that could carry 500 kilograms are currently in the pipeline.
Unlike Amazon and other companies with drone delivery services, JD.com focuses more on areas where poor transportation structure prevents efficient delivery.