WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said Friday that Chinese manufacturer Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) drones pose a potential threat to national security and that a media report that they have been approved for purchase by the US government is inaccurate.
The Hill newspaper reported last month that a Pentagon audit found two drones built by DJI for US government use “have no malicious code or intent” and “for government use and recommended forces working with US services ”.
“This report was inaccurate and uncoordinated, and its unauthorized publication is currently under review by the ministry,” said a Defense Department statement.
The Pentagon said it banned the use of all commercial drones in 2018 due to cybersecurity concerns. The following year, Congress passed law banning the use of drones and Chinese-made components.
The US Department of Defense said the US Special Operations Command had purchased off-the-shelf drone technology in accordance with the exceptions permitted by law.
“Mitigating the threats posed by small UAS (unmanned aerial vehicle systems), including DJI systems, remains a priority across the ministry, and DOD (Defense of Defense) continues to ensure that existing policies remain current and properly implemented,” said the company Pentagon.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
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