Interior department: Pentagon’s Blue sUAS drones grossly ineffective, 8-14 times costlier | Drone DJ

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The Pentagon has spent around $18 million testing and identifying drones that government agencies may employ instead of those produced or built in China. But how do these UAVs compare to their counterparts? According to an internal US government document, not so well. The Department of Interior said that the Pentagon-approved Blue sUAS drones are 8 to 14 times more costly and just 20% as efficient when it comes to critical conservation tasks (DoI). The Department of the Interior claims that the Pentagon’s Blue sUAS initiative has degraded the department’s sensor capabilities by up to 95% in a document delivered to the new Biden administration in January. 



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