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Draganfly Announces New Heavy Lift and High-Endurance Multi-Use Drones

Draganfly Inc | June 02, 2022

Draganfly Announces
Draganfly Inc. an award-winning, industry-leading drone solutions and systems developer, is pleased to announce the launch of its new North American-made Heavy Lift and Commander 3 XL Drones.

Draganfly’s Heavy Lift Drone is a versatile, industrial, multirotor unmanned aerial vehicle that is designed to lift more and fly further. Capable of automated missions and manual flight operations, the Company’s heavy-duty, robust UAV has a payload lift capacity of 67 pounds and up to 55 minutes of flight time.

Draganfly’s Commander 3 XL Drone is a high-endurance, weather-resistant, multirotor UAV that is designed for easy assembly and rapid deployment. The “Swiss Army Knife” of drones is capable of drop and winch-down systems to transport up to 26 pounds of payload. It performs extremely well in light rain and snow.

Both Draganfly’s Heavy Lift and Commander 3XL Drones are compatible with a variety of interchangeable payloads, including optical and thermal imaging solutions, specialized delivery containers, and the Company’s Long Range LiDAR system.

According to a recent report by Verified Market Research, the global drone services market size is projected to reach $60.67 billion USD by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate (“CAGR”) of nearly 24%. Demand for drone services is rapidly increasing as more businesses recognize the potential of UAV technology across different industry verticals.

As drone use continues to rise, industry leaders are looking for sophisticated solutions that are versatile, reliable, and secure. Our Heavy Lift and Commander 3 XL Drones will help a variety of major markets improve their business outputs and profitability,” 

Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly

About Draganfly
Draganfly Inc. is the creator of quality, cutting-edge drone solutions, software, and AI systems that revolutionize the way organizations can do business and service their stakeholders. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 20 years, Draganfly is an award-winning industry leader serving the public safety, public health, mining, agriculture, industrial inspections, security, mapping, and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives.

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The aviation industry is a world in itself, encompassing a massive workforce and contributing a significant percentage to the global economy. The sector was set for major growth, challenges notwithstanding, until the pandemic hit, post which it plummeted to a considerable extent. Yet, it is fair to state that despite the economic impact of COVID-19 on airline industry, it has been on the road to recovery, and may very well get back to the mainstream in a few years.

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The aviation industry is a world in itself, encompassing a massive workforce and contributing a significant percentage to the global economy. The sector was set for major growth, challenges notwithstanding, until the pandemic hit, post which it plummeted to a considerable extent. Yet, it is fair to state that despite the economic impact of COVID-19 on airline industry, it has been on the road to recovery, and may very well get back to the mainstream in a few years.

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Embraer S.A | July 04, 2022

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ZeroAvia Signs Agreement with Textron Aviation to Develop Hydrogen-Electric Powertrain for the Cessna Grand Caravan

ZeroAvia | September 30, 2022

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Nokia | July 29, 2022

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