The United States Air Force (USAF) wants to procure Chinese origin DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drones which cost $1099 each for specific missions.
The USAF is seeking to buy a new set of drones, and as part of a federal requirement, it has to document its justification if soliciting a particular brand name item, according to a notice released on the US Federal Business Opportunities website last month, Update.ph reported Wednesday.
“Mission requirements are our first major concern when selecting a SUAS platform,” according to a document dated Aug. 17, 2018. “Other platforms such as the Tiny Whoop, Ebee, and 3DR solo do not have the all-around versatility to perform the wide array of tasks (i.e. weather limitations, camera resolution, flight time/range) that we require.”
The document also cited other factors including cost-effectiveness of purchase, use, and maintenance, as other reasons to choose DJI vs. other brands.
“Thus far, we have not found another viable device that meets those requirements for the cost-effectiveness of the DJI Mavic Pro,” according to the document.
The Air Force’s Special Tactics operational units currently use a total of 15 DJI Mavic Pro drones across eight Special Tactics Squadrons.
The new purchase specifies that the Air Force wants Platinum versions of the Mavic Pro this time around.
According to the DJI company, the Mavic is a series of tele-operated compact quadcopter drones for personal and commercial aerial photography and videography use. The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is a newer model of the revolutionary Mavic Pro version, offering improvements including 30-minute flight time and a 60% noise power reduction, which is made possible due to new FOC sinusoidal driver ESCs and 8331 propellers.
DJI has introduced new software, FlightHub to enterprises and drone service providers to manage their drone operations from a single platform. FlightHub provides enterprises a centralized view of their companys drone operations to enable onsite pilots to collaborate with offsite teams
China-based drone maker, DJI has unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones that can address safety, security and privacy concerns. AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as a registration or serial number, as well as basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed and direction, a DJI statement said
The US Army has asked its members not to use off-the-shelf Chinese-made DJI drones due to cyber-vulnerabilities, Reuters reported. The US Army August 2 memo posted online and verified by Reuters applies to all DJI drones and systems using DJI components or software
Indian Authorities have seized ten DJI Phantom-4 PRO drones that can record high definition video from two kilometres and capable to perform action upon finding obstacles by itself, from a passenger at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru last week. The drones, equipped with an advanced satellite navigation system, can fly at 6,000 metres with a half-kg payload,
DJI and Check Point Researchers shared details of a potential vulnerability in the user identification process within DJIs online Forum that could have enabled an attacker to gain access to user's account. In a report submitted in accordance with DJI's Bug Bounty Program, Researchers discovered that DJI's platforms used a token to identify registered users across different aspects of the customer experience, making it a target for hackers looking for ways to access accounts
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