The government on Wednesday banned the import of foreign drones with certain exceptions as part of efforts to promote domestic drone manufacturing in the country.
The import of drones for R&D, defense and security purposes has been exempted from the ban, but such imports will require the necessary permits.
“The import of drone components will not, however, require any approval,” the Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The General Directorate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued a notification prohibiting the import of foreign drones.
“The policy of importing drones in CBU (Completely Built Up)/CKD (Completely Knocked Down)/SKD (Semi Knocked Down) form…is prohibited with exceptions provided for R&D, defense and security purposes “, said the DGFT.
Importation of drones by government entities, central or national government recognized educational institutions, government recognized R&D entities and drone manufacturers for R&D purposes will be permitted in CBU, SKD or CKD form . This will be subject to an import authorization issued by the DGFT in consultation with the relevant ministries.
The import of drones for defense and security purposes will be authorized in CBU, SKD or CKD form subject to an import authorization issued by the DGFT in consultation with the relevant ministries.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that in order to promote Made in India drones, the import of foreign drones has been banned from February 9, 2022.
The ministry released liberalized drone rules in August 2021.
After the rules, the ministry released the drone airspace map and PLI program in September 2021, the UTM policy framework in October 2021. Besides, the drone certification program and one-stop DigitalSky platform unique were introduced last month.
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