DJI Responds to DOI Memo: Grounding Fleet Was “Never About National Security”
Today, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, DJI responds to Department of the Interior memo recommending that department heads purchase U.S.-manufactured drones from the “Blue sUAS” list.
The Department of Interior (DOI) has a long history with DJI, who worked with them closely on building their initial fleet. As the department responsible for the management of public lands, drones have tremendous value for the DOI: they were among the first government departments to adopt drone technology. The DOI used their initial fleet of nearly 1,000 drones – all of which contained Chinese-manufactured parts, and many of them manufactured by DJI – to perform a wide variety of functions, such as tracking wildlife migrations and conservation projects.