Ukrainian officials urge to limit the use of DJI Chinese drones. According to them, technical “failures” in the work of equipment can be a deliberate attempt by DJI to sabotage state protection. The successful use of DJI products is also concerning.

In particular, Taras Troyak, DJI Authorized Retail Store Director in Ukraine and the head of the All-Ukrainian Federation of Drone Owners, complained about DJI aeroscopes, systems that identify and track drones and their pilots. Aerocopes were located throughout the country, in some cases to protect critical infrastructure. Some of these systems did not turn on at the beginning of the war.

This gave the idea that DJI for geopolitical motives intervened in the work of systems to allow Russian drones to fly unnoticed. The company has rejected the accusations of supporting the Russian invasion or interference with the device belonging to Ukrainians.

DJI Adam Lisberg spokesman stated that the company does not allow them to sell them consumer drones for military purposes and their use in the war is unacceptable. Lisberg also reported that some Ukrainian aeroscopes were defective before the war. The company has never interfered with their work.

At the same time, the Russian military continues to successfully use the same aeroscopes systems to attack Ukrainian drones and their pilots. The State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine states that “the company helps Russians in their attacks.”


Ukrainian soldiers are advised not to connect DJI to Wi-Fi or mobile networks. Officials warn that these drones are not safe and are urged to stop using all DJI products purchased and turned on in other countries.

DJI situation in Ukraine has intensified the old disputes over US national security and concerns of Chinese control over commercial technology that has obvious military use. The US Department of Defense stated that they consider the situation as an opportunity to attract more state funding for American drone producers.

The bill can stimulate American startups that already supply their products to Ukraine. These startups, in particular Brinc Drones Inc. From Seattle and Skydio Inc. From the Silicon Valley , are in a hurry to occupy a niche, which is empty in Ukraine due to refusal from DJI.

Since last month Brinc donated 10 drones to Ukraine and sold at least 50 to protect the state. Helicopter pilots and SES employees use them in search, rescue and intelligence missions.

Drones from American startups replace Chinese DJIs during the war in Ukraine
BRINC UAV. Source: The Wall Street Journal

Skydio donated dozens of drones for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Hundreds more were sold to non -governmental organizations and states that support Ukraine. The startup has a full day team to supply drones to Ukrainians. In total, up to 10 US startups reported that they sacrificed or sold drones and drones to Ukraine.

American startups say their drones have a high level of safety. The location and data of the Skydio drones are protected by military level encryption, as well as drones with Teal Drones Inc., which sent 15 drones to Ukraine. Brinc development is used by Lidar instead of GPS to navigate in flight. All this will not allow Russian systems to easily track drones.

Defensive drones of Fortem Technologies Inc. from Utah, designed to shot down enemy drones in the sky during flight, are really difficult to detect. It is part of the fact that drones use radar for navigation and fly autonomously. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine ordered Fortem equipment. This month, the manufacturer has already sent several systems against drones. Another manufacturer-Dedrone from San Francisco-also supplies anti-drone systems for use in Ukraine.

DJI is still regarded as a standard in the drone industry. It is easy to use for amateurs and cheaper than other models.