Johor officially opens the largest drone test site in Southeast Asia

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The Iskandar Drone and Robotics Zone (DRZ Iskandar) in Medini has officially opened its Drone Test Sites (DTS). The facility is expected to generate RM315 million of investment from over 70 drone and robotics companies and generate 1,000 jobs by 2025, accelerating Johor’s growth to become a regional and global business hub .

According to Johor Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad, Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) has spent nearly RM4 million to develop DRZ, in addition to an allocation from the state government for the development of the drone and robotics ecosystem . “It will accelerate the testing of locally developed drone-powered solutions and provide a safe, real-world environment for innovators to test, fly, and try out new ways for unmanned aircraft to fit safely into our airspace,” he said. said IIB CEO Khairil Anwar Ahmad.

[Photo: Muhammad Alif Faisal Nafi/Facebook]

DRZ Iskandar has two sites for different drone tests. DTS 1 is approximately 25 acres and caters for “Visual Line of Sight” flights while DTS 2, measuring 1,700 acres, is for “Beyond Visual Line of Sight” flights, the first site of its kind in Malaysia . With this size, DTS would be the largest drone area in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Besides drones, the area also has test sites for autonomous vehicles and robotics. Equipped with an Autonomous Vehicle Test Site (AVTS), there are roads extending 5 km and 20 km respectively which are specifically designated for AV testing.

DRZ iskandar DTS drone test site
[Photo: Wan Mohd Farhan/Facebook]

DRZ Iskandar was launched in December 2020 by IIB, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center (MaGIC), and logistics company DHL, which has also worked to market cargo drone deliveries in Malaysia.

(Sources: Malaysian Mail [1][2], Iskandar Innovation Center/Facebook [1][2])

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