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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday that drones produced by Chinese manufacturer Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) pose a potential threat to national security and that a media report that they were approved for purchase by the United States government was inaccurate.
Hill newspaper reported last month that a Pentagon audit found that two drones built by DJI for use by the US government did not have “any malicious code or intent” and are “recommended for use by government entities and forces that they work with US services. “
“This report was inaccurate and uncoordinated, and its unauthorized publication is being reviewed by the department,” the Department of Defense said in a statement.
The Pentagon said it banned the use of all commercial off-the-shelf drones due to cybersecurity concerns in 2018. The following year, Congress passed legislation banning the use of drones and components made in China.
The Department of Defense said that the US Special Operations Command has purchased standard drone technology in accordance with exemptions allowed by law.
Mitigating the threats posed by small UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), including DJI systems, remains a priority across the Department, and DOD (Defense of Defense) continues to ensure that existing policy is kept up-to-date and is properly implemented, “the Pentagon said.
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