On October 5, 2022, the Department of Defence put DJI and a dozen other high-tech corporations to its blacklist under the National Defence Authorization Act. This blacklisting of companies like DJI bars US officials from buying and/or using their product. Although the Pentagon had prohibited usage of UAV for all official purposes since 2018.
Blacklisted DJI: The allegation
“The Department is determined to highlight and counter the Military-Civil Fusion strategy, which supports the modernization goals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by ensuring its access to advanced technologies and expertise are acquired and developed by PRC companies, universities, and research programs that appear to be civilian entities” as per the Pentagon’s statement.
Some sources reported this blacklisting came after allegation surfaced that Russian military was using DJI drones in the on-going conflict.
Though US Department of Commerce, back in December 2020, had added DJI to the “Entity List”. This stopped US entities to invest into the company. Later, in June 2021, by the use of a lengthy audit The US Department of Interior cleared DJI’s name. Followed by that, on July 23, 2021 the pentagon warned the nation about DJI’s products being potential threats to national security.
Now back to blacklisting of DJI, the news brought to the company with heavy blow. Since it was announced few days prior to their event Airworks in LA.
Blacklisted DJI: The Response
DJI spokesman Adam Lisberg denies all the allegations completely. According to them they are not a military company in China, in USA or anywhere else. Moreover, they claimed to had never designed or developed any military-grade equipment. Neither the company had sold its products for military use in any country. On top of that DJI announced ceased marketing & production their products in both of Russia & Ukraine. Since it brought to their notice that both sides were relying heavily on its drones.
The company currently is holding 76 percent market share in terms of consumer drone production. DJI’s blacklisting comes only a few months after the firm apparently made success persuading US senators to change draught regulations that would have extended current limits on the company’s US drone sales.
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