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US Army to discontinue use of DJI drones over 'operational risks': Report

DJI drones are reportedly called out for operational risks by the US army.

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The US Army has reportedly asked all its units to discontinue the use of drones made by DJI, as it poses data and cyber risks. According to documents obtained by sUAS News, the US Army Research Lab, and US Navy drew conclusions that there are operational risks associated with DJI equipments. The drone manufacturers were flagged for similar reasons last month but kept discreet

As per the documents in question, US army advises units to uninstall all DJI applications, and remove all batteries along with storage media from devices. “We are surprised and disappointed to read reports of the US Army’s unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during their decision. We are happy to work directly with any organization, including the U.S. Army, that has concerns about our management of cyber issues,” said DJI’s Public Relations Manager, Michael Perry in an email response to the publication.

We’ll be reaching out to the US Army to confirm the memo, and to understand what is specifically meant by ‘cyber vulnerabilities,’ he added. For the uninitiated, DJI manufactures small drones such as the Phantom. These are primarily equipped with cameras and are extremely popular with vloggers and creative professionals ALSO READ: Elon Musk’s Boring Company wants to build its own Hyperloop

According to few previous reports, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the country use DJI to collect audio, visual and telemetry data on all flights across the Globe. Kevin Pomanski who wrote a detailed report on the same points that the details shared by these DJI UAS are known to a limited number of the worldwide owners and users of the DJI technology. Government agencies alleged security concerns and data might be being shared ‘unwittingly’.

  • Published Date: August 6, 2017 1:17 PM IST