A day after Pakistan claimed it had downed an Indian “spy” drone in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the manufacturer of the Chinese drone, shown in Pakistani photographs, said these drones had not been sold to “government bodies” including India.
Responding to an email questionnaire sent by The Indian Express, the company, DJI, said the drone is meant for weddings, real estate and film making and not for “military or security” applications.
Hours after the Pakistani claim Wednesday, the Indian Army and Indian Air Force had denied that any of their drones had crashed or had been shot down.
“We do not sell directly to government bodies, though it is possible for them to buy from our website or via local sellers. DJI is focused on the creative and innovative uses of drones. We are proud that our products have been used for a wide range of applications including film making, agriculture, wedding photography, real estate, firefighting and search and rescue… That said, military and security applications are not a focus for us,” Michael Perry, spokesperson of Shenzhen-based DJI, said in his reply to a question if India bought such a drone from the company.
“We only know about this incident through current reports in the media and it seems like the relevant authorities are already investigating the exact details of what happened,” Perry said.
According to the DJI website, India has two authorised dealers of their products — both said the Indian Army had never approached them for buying a drone off-the-shelf. Mayank Chachra, Delhi-based authorised dealer of DJI, the drone in question is a “toy”. With a battery life of 15 minutes and a camera of 4K resolution, the drone is not suited for military applications. He said the drone flies on a 2.4 industrial scientific medical (ISM) band. Ameet Nichani, Mumbai-based dealer of DJI, said: “It has a line-of-sight range of 200-300 metres… It is not suitable for military applications.”