The world’s largest online retail giant has ordered up to $1.2 billion worth of drones to deliver food and other goods across India, the latest in a string of initiatives aimed at boosting India’s burgeoning drone industry.
Amazon India said the orders will be delivered in mid-March, in a move that would mark the first such orders from the online retailer, which is also investing in the country’s burgeoning food delivery business.
Amazon, which has struggled to catch up with traditional food delivery firms such as McDonalds and Burger King, has sought to expand its drone delivery business, which the company says has tripled in value in the past year.
Last year, it said it would add 10 drones to its fleet by the end of the year, up from four.
Amazon said in a statement that the drones will be used in food delivery and will help deliver more orders by delivering food to more places.
It is not clear how much the drones would cost.
India is home to some of the world’s most ambitious food delivery efforts.
Amazon is now offering delivery services to more than 100 food-delivery companies and has recently introduced an app for delivery services.
India has been one of the fastest-growing markets for drones in the world.
Last year, the country installed the world, third-largest drone-powered fleet in the United States.