The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo seen by Defense One and confirmed by two Army officials.
“Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for plans and operations.
Why? The memo cited “increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products.” Service officials declined to elaborate.
Said one Army soldier about the decision, “I wonder how DJI camera stabilizers (which have no memory) can send information back to mainland China.”
DJI drones “are the most widely used non-program of record commercial off-the-shelf UAS employed by the Army,” the memo says.