Spain’s military uses DJI agricultural drones to spray disinfectant in fight against Covid-19
- Spain is the first European country to use agricultural drones for containing pandemics, according to drone maker DJI
- DJI’s drones, which have come under mounting suspicions from US officials, have been used in China and other countries to combat the public health crisis
DJI’s local agent in Spain, Stock RC, is assisting the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) in the latter’s community disinfection operations, DJI wrote in a post on its official WeChat account on Tuesday.
“Spain has become the first European country to use agricultural drones for containing [pandemics],” the Shenzhen-based company added in the post.
DJI’s AGRAS MG-1 drone was one of two models the UME’s communications battalion successfully trialed for disinfecting large areas outdoors as well as inside big objects such as vehicles, according to a post on UME’s website last week. The other model was the DRONEHEXA XL by Spanish drone maker DroneTools.
The use of DJI’s drones in the global battle against the coronavirus pandemic could help bolster the image of the Chinese drone company, which has seen its business threatened by concerns raised by the US over the collection and security of consumer data amid a tense US-China tech war.
But in the face of a severe public health crisis, drones have proven valuable with their ability to enter badly affected areas and automatically spray disinfectant, reducing the risk of emergency personnel being infected by the pathogen.
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