Pentagon remains skeptical about the value of using drones to disinfect areas in fight against COVID-19

March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON – A large container of sanitizer is affixed to a quadcopter drone. Then, it takes flight, spraying down city quarters where groups of people have recently congregated and, in theory, destroying left-behind pathogens before they can spread. reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

31 March 2020 -- That scene was captured in a video shot in China last month as that government ramped up its response against the coronavirus, days after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, with more than 7,700 cases confirmed and a death toll of 170 and counting.

But as cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continue to rise in the U.S., Defense Department officials said they have no plans to use drones to disinfect areas, despite propositions from companies presenting the method as simple and effective.

"The National Guard does not have this capability and is not pursuing it with any other agencies," says Army Maj. Rob Perino, spokesman for the National Guard Bureau.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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