Pentagon Approves Five Drone Makers for Military Sales

The Department of Defense has given five small drone manufacturers permission to sell to the U.S. military and federal agencies, in the wake of last year’s ban on these agencies buying Chinese-made drones.

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Pentagon officials said four U. S. companies—Skydio Inc. , Vantage Robotics, Altavian Inc. and Teal Drones—were approved after 18 months of testing, along with France’s Parrot SA . “We are putting these tools in the hands of our war fighters in very critical times, and we need to ensure that the technology in their hands is not only cutting edge but is also secure,” said Michael Kratsios, the president’s top technology adviser who was also recently named the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. The U. S. military has used small aerial drones for decades and has tried to expand its fleet.

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