The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has clarified their position on Chinese made drones. In a DOD statement on DJI drones, the agency stated that “systems produced by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) pose potential threats to national security.” (Read the full statement here.)
The statement appears to be in response to a recent Pentagon audit, released to the public, which reviewed DJI’s Government Edition drones. That audit stated “The DJI Government Edition versions that were tested, show no malicious code or intent and are recommended for use by government entities and forces working with US services.”
This audit caused some confusion about whether or not DJI drones were approved for government purchase without an exemption to the rule. It would appear the DOD division that performed the audit didn’t get the proverbial “No DJI” memo – but they’ve gotten it now.
“A recent report indicated that certain models of DJI systems had been found to be approved…