U.S. turns to French drone manufacturer as trade war with China widens
Off-the-shelf drone technology is a hot item for the U.S. Military, and the dubious origin for many of these products -naturally, we’re talking about China- have narrowed down the number of companies that can provide for the world’s sole hyperpower.
Fortunately, for us, we’ll always have Paris.
Parrot, a French tech company that makes high-quality off-the-shelf drones for short-range use, is one of five U.S. and European companies that have the eye of the Department of Defense, with the company earning itself a lucrative military contract.
“The United States has always been a major market for the Parrot Group whether it is for our well-known consumer range or our advanced professional offering,” Henri Seydoux, Parrot’s CEO and founder, said in a statement. “We have always been at the forefront creating advanced, easy to use, compact and reliable drone-based solutions. We also perfectly understand how small unmanned aircraft, such as the Parrot ANAFI platform, has the potential to become a key part of the defense system.”
According to The Verge, the company was given an unknown portion of an $11 million DoD fund to create drones that can “fly for 30 minutes straight at a range of up to three kilometers,” “weigh three pounds or less,” and “take less than 2 minutes to assemble and fit inside a soldier’s standard-issue rucksack.”
Naturally, Chinese company DJI is feeling the pain of the current trade war between the U.S. and China.
DJI, much like Huawei, has a heavy military presence within the Chinese company.
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