New ‘Drone policy’ announced; no security clearance required before registration.

  • Under the Drone Rules 2021, the coverage of drones increased from 300 kg to 500 kg, and will include heavy payload-carrying drones and drone taxis.
  • The new drone rules remove security clearance before any registration or licence issuance.
  • Quantum of fee reduced to nominal levels and delinked with size of drone. For instance, the fee for a remote pilot license fee has been reduced from 3,000 (for large drone) to 100 for all categories of drones; and is valid for 10 years.
  • No restriction on foreign ownership in Indian drone companies.
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