Drone sales are set to surge this year.
With more than 400 new models expected to be released in 2017, the industry is set to make history this year as one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy.
Read moreThe U.S. government has approved $1 billion in government contracts for drones to provide surveillance and mapping services.
This is part of a program called “Unmanned Aerial Systems,” which aims to increase the U.A.S.’ drone use to within five percent of total U.N. drone use.
According to the Pentagon, the $1.3 billion program is intended to allow drones to be used to protect U.C.L.A., protect American personnel and assets, and to provide medical and humanitarian aid.
The Department of Defense (DOD) says that the unmanned aerial system is a “high priority” for the U-S.
The department has previously awarded $1 million for research and development and $1,000 for testing.
The $1bn program is also meant to increase unmanned aerial systems’ capabilities and capabilities in a broad range of fields, including combatting chemical and biological weapons, cyber warfare, and remote sensing, among others.
This is just the latest of several initiatives to give the UAV industry a leg up.
The Pentagon’s unmanned aerial vehicle program will also see $1 trillion dollars spent on research and training, and the UAS industry is expected to reach a new record for new orders this year with $7.8 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.