Post by betweentheeyes Post by Steve from Colorado
Check out the fireworks. Total destruction of Ukrainian
munitions, including rockets. This is a game changer in warfare.
Why is it a 'game changer'?
Because someone can order a drone from Amazon for a few hundred bucks
and destroy millions of dollars of materiel? Obama has a fondness for
drone assassinations; was he stupid enough to think other people
couldn't figure out how to do it?
I am amazed that someone hasn't put a Drone up Obama or Hillary's ass.
Speaking of . . . .
US Army bans Chinese drones over ‘operational risks & cyber
vulnerabilities’ — RT America
The Pentagon has ordered an Army-wide ban on all consumer drones made by
Chinese manufacturer DJI, citing “cyber vulnerabilities associated with
The US Army has been ordered to “halt use of all DJI products,”
according to an August 2 memo from Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson,
the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations.
Additionally, the Army was ordered to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI
applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and
secure equipment for follow on direction,” Anderson wrote in the memo.
The order applies to all DJI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as well as
any products that use electrical components or software, including
“flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS
units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software
The memo, which was obtained by Small UAS News, cites research from the
US Army Research Lab, who found the technology contained “threat and
user vulnerabilities,” and the US Navy, who found there were
“operational risks” with the family of products. No specific information
was provided on what those threats and risks were.
An Army spokesperson later confirmed the order with the Washington Times.
“We can confirm that guidance was issued; however, we are currently
reviewing the guidance and cannot comment further at this time,” the
In the past, the off-the-shelf DJI drones were the most widely used by
the Army and the most popular consumer drones in the world, according to
Drone Industry Insights.
The Army had issued over 300 Airworthiness Releases, authorizing the use
of DJI products on aerial missions, according to the memo.
Michael Perry, DJI’s Public Relations Manager, sent an email to Small
UAS News, saying that they had not been informed about the decision.
“We are surprised and disappointed to read reports of the US Army’s
unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during
their decision,” Perry said. “We’ll be reaching out to the US Army to
confirm the memo and to understand what is specifically meant by ‘cyber
The Army is considering issuing a statement about the policy change,
Army spokesman Dov Schwartz told Reuters.
DJI is estimated to have secured around 70 percent of the global and
consumer market for drones, according to Reuters. Analysts at Goldman
Sachs estimate that the UAS market will be worth $100 billion by 2020.
They added that the largest market for drones is and will continue to be
Brett Velicovich, a former Army intelligence soldier who runs Expert
Drones, told Defense One that the memo “could have a huge impact on DJI.”
“There are US special operators in Syria using DJI products,” Velicovich
said. “So I get it. I’m glad [the Army is] finally doing something about
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