Dronamics enters deal to accelerate drone production
Having landed deals with various airports and other related docking partners in Europe, middle distance drone logistics company Dronamics is now working to ramp up production of its Black Swan line of cargo drones.
As a result, the start-up has announced that it will be working with Australian aerospace business Quickstep Holdings, in a partnership deal designed to accelerate production of the cargo drones.
Based in Sydney, Quickstep Holdings manufacture complex composite parts and assemblies in a wide range of applications, along with the design, development and manufacture of complex engineered products for its clients in the aerospace, defence, commercial, government and other advanced manufacturing sectors.
The company prides itself as the largest independent aerospace-grade composite manufacturer in Australia, partnering with some of the world’s largest Aerospace and Defence organisations, which include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Boeing and Marand Precision Engineering.
Now Dronamics are hoping to leverage Quickstep’s experience in providing composite solutions to the aerospace industry to ensure that they meet their goal of having enough Black Swans ready by the time the commercial launch arrives in 2023.
“DRONAMICS will be working with Quickstep Holdings Limited, a tier one manufacturer and the largest independent aerospace composites business in Australia, trusted by the world’s leading aerospace companies,” the company said in a statement.
“The turnkey solution partnership will help accelerate the production of the DRONAMICS cargo drones. With the first units landing in 2023, the long-term plan targets the ramp-up of production of hundreds of Black Swan cargo drones annually in the next four years.”
The agreement comes at a key time when Dronamics has just became the first cargo drone company to obtain a European drone airline license, and is gearing up to launch commercial operations in Europe before the end of this year before exploring the Australian middle distance logistics market next year.
“The first strategic manufacturing partnership is a key milestone in our mission to enable same day delivery for everyone, everywhere,” said Konstantin Rangelov, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Dronamics. “As an innovator who is challenging the status quo in cargo mobility, we are thrilled to have the support of an experienced partner like Quickstep to help us realize the full potential of our solution.”
The company also revealed that manufacturing will take place in Quickstep’s Australian facilities.
Mark Burgess, Quickstep Chief Executive Officer, said the partnership with Dronamics was a match made in heaven.
“Quickstep shares Dronamics passion for innovation and this is an exciting partnership,” Burgess said. “We are delighted to be taking their Black Swan aircraft from prototype to production. The Dronamics solution could well revolutionise the middle-mile cargo delivery sector and this partnership gives Quickstep the opportunity to provide our engineering and manufacturing expertise into delivering a large sophisticated cargo.”