DOD Approves 5 Companies To Sell 'Trusted' Drones To Gov't

Law360 (August 20, 2020, 10:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that it has approved five companies to sell U.S.-made small drones to the government, after Congress recently blocked federal agencies from buying or using Chinese-made drones over security concerns.

The DOD's Defense Innovation Unit has partnered with five manufacturers of commercial unmanned aircraft systems to create the "Blue sUAS" program to provide "trusted, secure" small drones to federal agencies, the DIU said in a statement.

"Blue sUAS represents a tremendous first step toward building a robust and trusted UAS domestic industrial base that ensures sustained delivery of highly-capable, secure UAS to the warfighters that...

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