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Photo: IIB president and chief executive officer Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad (second from left) said the company continued to be committed to drive the aspiration of the government in the development of technology and digitalisation especially drone technology.

Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) has opened a Drone Test Site (DTS) in Medini, Johor, which is claimed to be the largest in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia.

According to IIB, the new launch is “in line with the vision of Drone & Robotics Zone Iskandar (DRZ Iskandar) to create the leading drone and robotics eco-system as a growth engine for the region”.

Iskandar drone and robotic zone (DRZ Iskandar) aims to create a drone and robotics eco-system in Iskandar Puteri, which would become a growth engine, technology leader and talent hub for Malaysia and Asia Pacific.

It is projected that DRZ Iskandar will bring in RM351 million investments and generate 1,000 high- value jobs by 2025 in drone and robotics.

“IIB has spent close to RM4 million since the inception of DRZ Iskandar and the state of Johor has also allocated a sizeable budget for the development of the drone and robotics ecosystem.

“The state government will continue to facilitate all related initiatives for DRZ Iskandar as we move forward with the state’s overall digital economy agenda,” Johor chief minister Datuk Hasni Mohammad said.

IIB president and chief executive officer Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad said the company continued to be committed to drive the aspiration of the government in the development of technology and digitalisation especially drone technology.

“We work closely with our major industry players, such as DHL Express who has played a significant role in developing the local drone community.

“In this regard, the opening of the DTS, which spans more than 1,700 acres (687.9 ha) in DRZ Iskandar, is one of the key elements in supporting the realisation of the Johor State digital economy agenda,” he said.

The DTS launched features two sites measuring approximately 25 acres (DTS 1) and 1,700 acres (DTS 2) respectively. DTS 1 caters for “visual line of sight” flights while “beyond visual line of sight” flights—the first of its kind in Malaysia, will be carried out in DTS 2.

The area aims to “fast-track the testing of locally developed drone-powered solutions in the NTIS sandboxes” and “elevate Malaysia’s visibility in the regional and global drone tech industry”.

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