DJI reportedly making headway against US drone blacklist legislation
Global drone giant DJI is apparently having some success in opposing draft legislation that would formally prohibit US government agencies from buying its UAVs, according to a report in the Financial Times.
In an article Thursday, the daily said DJI has been working with a pair of lobbying firms to push back against the American Security Drone Act (ASDA), which would prohibit US federal funding from being used to buy Chinese UAVs. That bill was not retained within the far broader National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House yesterday, though several Republican representatives vowed to make the ASDA law in a final version, or on its own.
DJI’s activities in the US have been weighed down since 2020, when it was placed on the Entities List, and later included on other blacklists prohibiting various US federal agencies from using the UAVs. Justification for that cite claims the products pose data security threats. DJI has continually called…