This morning, we came across a video in which members of the Ukrainian military try out a DJI M600 drone that has been modified to carry a machine gun.
The video shows the DJI Matrice 600, the biggest drone produced by DJI Enterprise, with a machine gun swinging beneath it.
In the video, it is quite easy to see that the weight of the machine gun is too much for the gimbal that has been put on the bottom of the DJI drone. This is shown by the fact that the weapon swings quite a bit.
Since the video does not show the gun actually firing, it is difficult to say if the combination of the drone and the gimbal would provide sufficient stability to accurately aim at the adversary.
During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, drones have been very important for both sides’ military operations.
Video of armed DJI M600
The footage of the DJI M600 with a machine gun came out just one day after it was reported that the Chinese military is making a drone with the same kind of weaponry.
DJI statement on military use of DJI drones
Earlier this year, DJI released the following statement in which they state that:
DJI has only ever made products for civilian use; they are not designed for military applications. Specifically:
– DJI does not market or sell our products for military use.
– DJI does not provide after-sales services for products that have been identified as being used for military purposes.
– DJI has unequivocally opposed attempts to attach weapons to our products.
– DJI has refused to customize or enable modifications that would enable our products for military use.
DJI also says in the statement that DJI “will terminate our business relationship with them if they cannot adhere to this commitment.” The commitment being that the drone maker does not allow sales to any customer who will “use them for military purposes, or help modify our products for military use.”
Video footage sourced from social media sources.
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