In the near future, the Pentagon plans to open a new program specifically to teach troops to spot and destroy small enemy drones. The military is pursuing a uniform solution to defeating drones, which officials have described as an increasing threat to the battleground.
The U.S. Air Force bought 57 DJI drones in September of this year for training and other purposes. Some lawmakers and other experts warn of the data security risks involved, as the Department of Defense continues to use Chinese-made drones.
The U.S. Government and Department of Defense have awarded Citadel Defense a $12.2M contract to defeat enemy drones on the battlefield and at covered locations in the United States. The decision to purchase Titan systems was made after extensive U.S. Government evaluation that assessed more than a dozen other counter-drone solutions.
Today an article in the Wall Street Journal informs us that five drone makers have been approved by the Pentagon for military sales. Among the approved companies are four U.S drone makers; Skydio Inc., Vantage Robotics, Altavian Inc., and Teal Drones. As expected the fifth one is French drone maker Parrot, that recently launched the ANAFI USA in a controversial marketing campaign.
US drone companies receive millions in recovery funds from the Department of Defense. On Friday, the department announced that it will issue US$84.4 million in funding through the Defense Production Act to small drone makers, shipbuilders, and a space company. Skydio is one of the companies that benefitted from the financial injection.
Parrot to manufacture its Short-Range Reconnaissance drone prototypes for the Department of Defense in the United States of America. Parrot has passed another milestone in the United States Army’s Short-Range Reconnaissance drone program. As the final steps of this selection process, Parrot will participate in an operational assessment to support an Army production award decision. In anticipation of an increased demand signal from the Department of Defense, Parrot will start manufacturing prototypes of its dedicated drone in the United States of America.