While the Interior Department grounded its fleet over national security concerns, other agencies are more concerned about the impact of an allout ban. US federal agencies cannot agree on how best to handle national security concerns surrounding popular and ubiquitous Chinese-made drones.
In October 2019 the Department of the Interior grounded all drones made in China or built with Chinese parts. Drones are used for tasks like wildlife conservation and the monitoring of the state of infrastructure. The entire fleet of 810 drones would essentially remain out of commission until it can confirm they pose no security threat. The aircraft will not be used again until they can be vetted for security flaws, according to the agency. Non-emergency missions will use other aircraft or helicopters.
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