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Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups

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U.S. startups are keen to showcase their technology in active conflict in order to drum up more business, venture-capital funding, and U.S. government support after years of taking a back seat to Chinese company SZ DJI’s dominant sales in the civili

Credit: BRINC

Hundreds of small drones from U.S. startups are searching for survivors and Russian hideouts in Ukraine, after Ukrainian government officials cited Chinese drones as a security risk.

The Ukraine officials have called for limits on the deployment of drones made by China's SZ DJI Technology, saying technical glitches may have been intentionally inserted into the drones to undermine the country's defense.

Since last month, Seattle-based BRINC Drones has contributed 10 drones to Ukraine and sold roughly 50 more to bolster Ukrainian defense, as well as for search-and-rescue and intelligence-gathering missions.

Skydio's Adam Bry said his company gave dozens of drones to Ukraine's Ministry of Defense, and sold hundreds more to Ukraine-supporting government and non-government entities.

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