Amazon announced on Wednesday that it would cut ten R & D and manufacturing staff from its much anticipated delivery project prime air, and turn to outside help to achieve its long overdue ambition. In recent weeks, Amazon has reached preliminary agreements with two external manufacturers, FACC of Austria and aernnova of Spain, to make parts for its UAVs. < p > < p > people familiar with the matter said Amazon may soon conclude more deals with third parties after it sent out tenders to a number of Companies in the UAV sector in the past year. < / P > < p > the person familiar with the matter added that although Amazon founder Jeff Bezos first launched the UAV delivery service in 2013, which has been in the pipeline for seven years, large-scale UAV delivery will still take years for the company to achieve. < / P > < p > this is in sharp contrast to Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s global consumer business director, who said last year that the company was about to deliver drones. “We hope to scale up prime air quickly and efficiently within a few months to deliver packages to customers via UAVs,” he wrote in the post < p > < p > an Amazon spokesman has confirmed the layoff and described it as an important part of the Department’s transition phase. Earlier this year, the agency received approval from U.S. regulators to begin limited testing. “As part of our day-to-day business operations, we are restructuring our prime air team to enable us to meet the needs of our customers and businesses to the maximum extent possible,” the spokesman said in a statement. For the affected employees, we are trying to find the position that best matches their experience and needs in the areas we recruit. ” < p > < p > Amazon would not disclose how many employees are currently involved in the UAV project. Currently, the company’s public facing recruitment website lists 57 prime air vacancies, most of which are related to software and systems. < p > < p > both FACC and aernnova manufacture composite components specifically for the aviation industry, and their customers include Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, etc. Neither company responded to requests for comment on the deals. < p > < p > details released by Amazon in mid-2019 show that its prime air project will use hexagonal all electric UAVs for delivery, with a flight distance of 24km and a package weight of about 2kg. In March, Amazon announced it would hire David carbon, a former Boeing executive, to replace GUR kimchi, who has been in charge of the unit for seven years. However, according to David benowitz, research director of drone analyst, Amazon is lagging behind in this highly competitive area, with rival Wal Mart about to start a delivery trial with zipline, a San Francisco based UAV company. < / P > < p > in addition, Amazon’s plan to land drones near customers’ homes clearly raises security concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requiring future delivery UAV operators to meet stringent standards before they can begin limited testing. In August, Amazon was certified for highly controlled testing, but the company has yet to disclose details of where it plans to conduct flight tests. Global Tech