Russian Post and the Ugra government will coordinate efforts and information support in the development of unmanned aircraft. An agreement on this in the format of an online conference was signed by Sergey Sergushev, Deputy General Director for Logistics of the Russian Post, and Alexey Zabozlaev, Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. The conference was also attended by Igor Chalik, Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia.
Russian Post plans to launch the first commercial routes in the region by the end of 2022. Some of them have already been tested using test flights, which have confirmed the ability of drones to perform the tasks of the Russian Post. According to Pochta’s internal estimates, the use of BAS will increase the average speed of logistics on the regional route network by up to two times, and in the long term will increase the volume of freight traffic several times and at the same time reduce the cost of logistics services by up to 50%.
“The project will reduce the cost of transportation and improve the quality of logistics services. The average speed of the transport system on the regional route network will grow from the start of the project in an experimental legal mode. By 2035, the savings in the cost of transportation by unmanned aerial systems will be more than 40%. It is also planned to build and commission central and peripheral landing sites. The project is supposed to be implemented using experimental legal regimes, thanks to which the Government will make a decision to disseminate approved regulatory and technological solutions to the entire territory of Russia, ”said Igor Chalik, Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia.
“Ugra is one of the largest regions of Russia, where historically waterways play a key role in deliveries to hard-to-reach areas, but during the off-season there is practically no alternative to aviation. In addition, a significant proportion of the indigenous peoples of the north live in remote settlements. Unmanned delivery will help us ensure the availability and quality of our services for residents of the region in hard-to-reach places on a par with clients in large agglomerations, “said Sergei Sergushev, Deputy Director General for Logistics at Russian Post.
“The agreement with the Russian Post is the organization of unmanned delivery of postal items to the hard-to-reach territories of Beloyarsky, Berezovsky and Oktyabrsky districts. This is not a new mechanism, it is already in use at the fields, so now we are improving it and improving its quality. 9 routes will be launched, in the future it is planned to scale the project. This is very important for us, ”said Alexey Zabozlaev, Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug.