The US Army is reportedly banning all drones from China’s DJI

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August 04, 2017

The US Army’s research division, along with the US Navy, has reportedly banned its personnel from using any DJI drones, those made by the Chinese company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. According to a memo acquired by sUAS News, a site devoted to the business of unmanned aerial vehicles, the Pentagon is direction its staff to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction.”

As the memo also states, DJI’s drones are the most popular consumer drones in the world, and the US military has in the past issued over 300 “airworthiness releases”—certification that these drones are acceptable for use—”in support of multiple organizations with a variety of mission sets.”

The reason for the dramatic turnaround appears to be perceived security threats: The memo pins it to…

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