While the US Department of Defense has been shouting itself hoarse over DJI drones being “potential threats to national security,” the FBI and the US Secret Service have bought at least 27 DJI drones in the past few months. So, what gives?
These procurements, brought to light via an Axios report, reveal that the Secret Service bought eight DJI drones on July 26. More specifically, the Secret Service procured DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Phantom 4 Pro (P4P) drones, stating:
The equipment will supplement the Agency’s existing fleet of small unmanned aircraft and improved mission support through the use of the most up-to-date equipment and software.
A week before that, the FBI bought 19 DJI drones. These were all P4P birds, through which the FBI wanted to train new remote pilots. In its solicitation letter, the FBI writes:
This is a sUAS produced for the consumer market that combines all the Evidence Response Team Unit (ERTU) requirements: ease of use, high…