Rabat - A Moroccan company has been able to manufacture the first model of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), colloquially called a “drone,” which can serve in different fields like agriculture, survey mapping, and surveillance.
Rabat – A Moroccan company has been able to manufacture the first model of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), colloquially called a “drone,” which can serve in different fields like agriculture, survey mapping, and surveillance.
After receiving official authorization, Moroccan company Vitol Aero tested its unmanned helicopter at Casablanca’s airport in the presence of Moroccan officials and aviation experts.
“This product is 100 percent Moroccan. It took us five months to complete the work,” said Oussama Benmir, president of the company. He said that his crew is made up of Moroccan and foreign experts, including a group of French experts in the field.
Benmir explained that what distinguishes the Moroccan-made drone is its radar and 3D technique. The small unmanned device can operate with the use of the fuel of aircraft, unlike other drone aerial vehicles, and can fly for two hours in a single trip.
The drone can also carry 20 kilograms.
Benmir told Moroccan news outlet Hespress that his team is using the latest technologies in the field of UAV. He added that his company is negotiating with the authorities to market its aircraft in Morocco as a first step before opening up to other countries, especially in the African continent.
According to Hespress, the company seeks to enter into agreements with public institutions in order to make the new product used in different fields, such as surveillance, and to take pictures and videos from the sky with high quality.
Some agencies in Casablanca have already begun to use such aerial devices under the first aerial survey projects.
Authorities have announced that the import of unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely-controlled vehicles must be subject to an import authorisation, in accordance with legal requirements for foreign trade.
According to a joint press release issued by the Ministry of Interior and that of Foreign Trade and Customs “these measures were taken in order to address the security risks and private life associated with the use of UAV devices.” The statement added that anyone who imported the devices without authorisation shall be punished under laws and legislations in force.