In the last few years, there have been a few emphatic calls associated with the US drone industry, most particularly coming from the US-based politicians and some drone industry leadership. The calls suggested that there should be a stop regarding the purchasing of drones or drone parts from China. However, a recent military report suggests that despite the prohibition, a huge percentage of parts are still coming from the Asian giant.
What does this military report mean for the drone parts in China?
The 2020 Annual Report of Industrial Capabilities Report had a lot of things at their disposal to talk about. Regarding procurement and research related to drone parts, Deployment, Testing and Evaluation Procedures, the budget regarding drones is 3.2 billion in total for 2020. We break it down into 3 parts
- 153 million is allocated to the numerous drone innovations.
- 13.4 million is allocated to the drone suppliers associated with the DIU’s Commercial Solutions Opening utilizing the funds properly implemented by the CARES act.
- 11 million is allocated to the drone contracts that are awarded to the successful drone companies in 2019. The companies are Skydio, Vantage Robotics , Parrot etc. The contracts are awarded by the Blue sUAS group so they can create ‘cyber-secure’ drones.
This is one of the reasons why the Blue sUAS group is proving to be interesting and problematic at the same time. This group was given a responsibility regarding drone parts to partner with the numerous drone private companies which can build trusted drone systems for the DoD and other US government partners.
Summing, the US drone industry is seeing a resurgence in their market. Regarding drone parts, they have a huge interest coming from drone companies such as Skydio, which made both military-based and consumer-based drones like Skydio 2. Apart from that, we have also seen the DroneAnalyst 2020 Drone Market Sector Report, which states that DJI’s share in the market has dropped to 69%, which is 5% lesser than what it was in 2018