Charis UAS, a drone startup in Rwanda, has received funding from Australian drone solutions company XM2 Earth.
The company said in a statement it will use the capital to accelerate the expansion of its drone manufacturing and solutions across the African continent. It didn’t disclose the amount it raised.
Eric Rutayisire Muziga, founder and CEO of Charis UAS, said the investment and expertise of XM2 Earth will help the startup execute its vision “to support intelligent decision making” and scale up the manufacturing of drones.
Aidan Kelly, director at XM2, said: “Whether its designing solutions, integrating workflows, utilizing automation or delivering data in meaningful ways, our investment into Charis UAS is part of our plan to partner with leaders in their field around the world, to unlock the true potential that aerial and remotely sensed data can provide.”
Charis UAS was founded in 2014 and is Rwanda’s first-ever licensed unmanned aerial vehicles company. Its services have been used for various applications including in the fight against malaria and to advance local energy programs. It launched its made-in-Rwanda drone a year ago and positioned itself as Africa’s first commercial drone maker.
Its drones have been also used to help the Rwandan National Police in communicating COVID-19 regulations to citizens. Charis UAS now operates in five countries in Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Melbourne-based XM2 EARTH deploys aerial high-spec sensors, such as LiDAR, hyper and multi-spectral, thermal, video and images. Its sister company XM2 PURSUIT is known for moving camera systems for film, TV, visual effects and commercials.