US government clips the wings of its civilian drone programme over Chinese spyin…

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US government clips the wings of its civilian drone programme used to monitor endangered species and map landscapes over Chinese spying fears

  • The 810-strong drone fleet was temporarily grounded back in October 2019
  • The ban now looks set to become permanent except in the event of emergencies 
  • Chinese firm DJI who built 121 of the drones claims there is no founding to fears
  • However US Army previous banned all DJI drone tech and tech back in 2017
  • Homeland Security have said they are ‘moderately confident’ DJI is leaking data 

The United States Government is to clip the wings of its civilian drone programme amidst continuing fears China could co-opt the tech to conduct espionage.

Part of the 810-strong drone fleet — used for such diverse tasks as monitoring endangered species and mapping landscapes — was made by Chinese firm DJI.

The move — which will likely see the drones only fly in emergencies, such as to aid firefighting efforts — builds on the temporary ban that began in October 2019.

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The United States Government is to clip the wings of its civilian drone programme amidst continuing fears China could co-opt the tech to conduct espionage (stock image)

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