Illustrative photo (Source: Garuda Robotics/garuda.io)

Singapore (VNA) - Drones could be used to deliver emergency medical supplies or to respond to security incidents under a new system, which is being developed in Singapore.

The Future Flight Consortium on July 24 said it had been selected by the country's Civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Transport to develop the drone programme.

The 13-member consortium said it will generate flight paths for the drones, and develop a private communications network as well as take-off and landing sites. The drones would be operated remotely by pilots at an operations centre and be able to travel relatively long distances across the nation.

Future Flight project director Ong Jiin Joo said its goal is to make it possible for safe and effective drone operation of any enterprise who needs to fly drones beyond the visual sight of the pilots.

The consortium said the system development will last for two years, and pledged to conduct rigorous safety tests.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force and fellow consortium member Garuda Robotics said they were in talks to use drones in the force's operations, particularly in delivering life-saving supplies.

A hospital operator in the consortium said it plans to use drones to transport blood samples and specimens between its hospitals and the central laboratory.-VNA