As Russia widens its military offensive in Ukraine, DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of civilian drones, is finding itself embroiled in the middle of the dispute. DJI is being accused of giving Russia preferential access to its AeroScope drone detection platform, while some units of the same system provided to Ukraine are reportedly malfunctioning. The Chinese drone maker is vehemently denying both allegations.
What is DJI AeroScope?
DJI’s AeroScope is a Remote ID system that provides authorized users with the location, altitude, speed, and direction of every DJI drone within radio range (over 30 miles). The system also displays the aircraft’s serial number and the location of the drone pilot on a computer map. However, any personal information that the pilot may have used while registering the drone with DJI is not shared.
Typical users who are authorized to install such a system at their premises include airports, police departments, prisons, and…