New Delhi: Drones manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Improvements (DJI) Methods nonetheless pose potential threats to national security, the US Department of Defense (DOD) has harassed, refuting media studies that claimed the Pentagon had cleared DJI drones to be used.
The DOD assertion got here after the Pentagon reportedly admitted that two drone fashions by China’s largest producer have been cleared to be used by an inner audit and are “really helpful to be used by authorities entities.”
“Present DOD coverage and practices related to the usage of these programs by US authorities entities and forces working with US army providers stay unchanged opposite to any written studies not accredited for launch by the DOD,” the division stated in a press release.
The DOD refuted the studies that claimed that sure fashions of DJI programs had been discovered to be accredited for procurement and operations for the US authorities and companies.
“This report was inaccurate and uncoordinated, and its unauthorised launch is at the moment beneath evaluate by the division,” it additional stated.
In 2018, DOD issued a ban on the acquisition and use of all business off-the-shelf drones, no matter producer, as a result of cybersecurity issues.
The next yr, Congress handed laws particularly banning the acquisition and use of drones and elements manufactured in China.
“Mitigating the threats posed by small UAS, together with DJI programs, stays a precedence throughout the Division, and DOD continues to make sure present coverage stays present and appropriately carried out,” the DOD famous.
DJI is a Chinese language expertise firm headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, with manufacturing services all through the world.