XAircraft, a leading commercial drone manufacturer specialising in agricultural services in China, has officially launched its flagship P20 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – a farm-specific drone – in Japan where mechanisation in agriculture has long been adopted while innovation is relatively slow.
Of the nation’s 2 million agricultural practitioners, more than half are aged 65 years or older, according to media reports.
Gong said XAircraft will continue its roadshow in Japan in anticipation of 3,000 to 5,000 drone orders in the country next year.
The company held a launch ceremony in Japan in late July, following a lengthy approval and licensing process by the government.
He said sales in Japan are expected to enjoy lucrative profit margins, as its flagship P20 model is priced at more than 3 million yen (US$27,439), which is almost double the 100,000 yuan charged for the drone in China’s domestic market.
However, XAircraft must partner with a local Japanese company to provide relevant support services, owing to legal compliance requirements that all mapping information be obtained by authorised local firms.
In mainland China, XAircraft provides both sales and leasing services, where it accounts for more than half of the nation’s agricultural drones sales.
The use of drones for agricultural purposes such as crop protection is below 1 per cent in China, according to XAircraft data.