Editor’s Note: On July 30, 2021, Draganfly uplisted to NASDAQ under the the symbol “DPRO.”
Pentagon officials broke the news. Illicit spying technology was discovered to be secretly implanted in Chinese drones. Pentagon officials were quick to act. The orders were clear; no further purchases could be made for Chinese technology, and existing drones with Chinese tech had to be effectively destroyed and replaced.
That means American companies and civil services can no longer purchase drones manufactured in China, a huge disruption to a massive market.
At present, 75% of the drones sold world-wide originate from China. Of course, a large percentage are consumer toys, but many are highly technical, task-specific workhorses that don’t come cheap!
Specialized drone technology is the next stage advancement in securing our borders and public spaces, but more on that later…
The cost for an advanced drone quadcopter runs north of $15,000 per unit, so you won’t find them on sale at Best Buy. And thanks to Pentagon action, and most recently the Department of the Interior making the call to ban all foreign-made drones due to spying fears, you won’t find them made in China.
With Chinese-made drones essentially grounded by the U.S. military, Draganfly now has a clear path into a multi-billion-dollar market previously dominated by China.
This could be seen as a ground-floor opportunity in the explosive commercial drone and robotics space that may positively impact Draganfly’s stock price.
After over 20 years of designing and building advanced drones for enterprise and military applications, Draganfly has become known worldwide as a technology leader. The company released the world’s first commercial quadcopter drone in 1998 and has since sold thousands of commercial task-specific drones globally.
Always responding to customer needs, the company has been responsible for a long list of industry firsts that has led to 18 key patents and multiple patents pending — protecting the company’s technology lead while also providing licensing revenue.
The exploding market for commercial drones alone has leading analysts projecting drone sales to grow from $13 billion last year to an astonishing $129 billion by 2025.
Draganfly management recently took the company public to capitalize on this rapidly evolving global marketplace.
The opportunity is clear — the market trajectory alone could propel its business to significant new growth. And the opportunity is made even bigger now that Chinese-made drones have been banned.
Factor in that crippling Pentagon decision, and this emerging $145 billion market has been blown wide open. With its long history in drone technology well established, Draganfly could quickly rise to a commanding position globally, and the impact on its newly available shares could be breathtaking!
Early investors who are comfortable with high-risk, aggressive, investment decisions could reap the greatest rewards.
Draganfly was the first company in the world to introduce to market what has become the ubiquitous quadcopter drone. That early product triggered a cascade of innovation that earned the company worldwide recognition.
Company founder, Zenon Dragan, recalls that, “In the early days, what we were doing was new and exciting. Videographers jumped in and began shooting rock videos with our drone-mounted cameras. Once word spread of the payload our drones could carry, sales took off.
“Our equipment made it on 'Ripley’s Believe It or Not,' was featured on the cover of 'Popular Science' and also inside an issue of 'National Geographic.' One of our models, the first drone to save a human life, earned a place in the Smithsonian."
Moving on to today: “Now, we’ve successfully mounted an advanced array of technology to our drones that large enterprises, government and military contractors are eager to implement. We make the deployment process easy as well because our innovations in navigation and aircraft control simplify training and task management.”
Draganfly made big news in 2013 for tracking down a 25-year-old man who was freezing to death in the Canadian wilderness. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received a distress call from the man who had been ejected from his car following a late night rollover accident. The scene was subfreezing, knee-deep snow, shortly after midnight.
The RCMP deployed its Draganfly X4-ES quadcopter equipped with highly sensitive infrared sensors. Hovering near the scene of the rollover, the Draganfly IR sensors detected the faint image of the near-death man. Rescue teams quickly responded to save the man’s life.
Public safety rescues are one of the many missions for which Draganfly drones are designed. Draganfly is constantly working on innovations that put drone technology to work on growing opportunities for commercial use as well as answering urgent priorities being set by military, public safety and Homeland Security.
Draganfly develops technologies that can deliver life-saving provisions. Under intense and dangerous conditions, the time-critical transfer of vital supplies can be key to survival. Reliability, speed and accuracy can literally save lives.
These are the performance attributes that Draganfly has become known for and what has come to be expected from drone technologies in mission-critical scenarios.
The same equipment and technology can be used for disaster relief by first responders, police, fire and emergency personnel.
Aerial surveillance of America’s southern border is already underway with military Predator drones to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drug traffickers and potential terrorists. But preparation, launch and flight costs are absolutely staggering.
A single Predator drone costs $20 million with an over-the-top $3,600+/hour flight time cost! At that cost only a handful of Predator drones can be used to monitor nearly 2,000+ miles of the U.S. southern border.
Draganfly engineers developed fixed wing surveillance drones that can be deployed by the hundreds at a fraction the cost of the Predator. They can be launched wherever needed by ground personnel with the potential to log 12+ hours of flight time over hundreds of miles. This is another example of the tech Draganfly builds for specific critical situations.
During the holiday rush in 2018, England’s Gatwick Airport was shut down for 36 hours as officials grappled with the detection of two small drones operating anonymously on the airport perimeter. Over 140,000 passengers were reported to have suffered flight delays and cancellations.
Similar events have been reported globally. Luckily, none have led to accidents, but aviation officials remain worried. One small drone strike can bring a plane down.
Draganfly has engineered solutions, including task-specific drones that can locate and neutralize a rogue threat. One approach is to destroy the offending drone; another option is to capture it, neutralize it and bring it to a secured safe location or disposal site.
Draganfly also builds military-grade counter-terrorism solutions that can be applied to hostile drones conducting a terrorist attack on infrastructure or targeting U.S. citizens; potentially carrying a weapon such as an explosive device or biohazard materials; or a purpose-built drone for recon like the Mexican drug cartels use at the U.S. southern border right now.
These types of solutions are especially useful in protecting the airspace of any large-scale public gathering in need of extraordinary security measures. And with over 1,100 commercial airports and thousands of infrastructure facilities and public event venues operating in the U.S., Canada and Mexico alone, the market potential is significant.
This is a massive market that Draganfly is just beginning to address and could soon become a major focus of their business.
High altitude made easy
Draganfly designed a payload capacity and flight time to carry high-resolution imaging equipment to places where few dare to go. Visual inspection of hard-to-reach structures, such as wind turbines, pipelines, bridges and buildings, can be completed in a fraction of the time with greatly reduced risk and expense.
Digital forensics in real time
A Draganfly drone equipped with a high-resolution camera, infrared detector or LIDAR mapping technology gives a critical view of crime scene and disaster sites, providing data analysis to law enforcement and emergency response teams. Draganfly engineers these task-specific drones with robust capabilities that can be easily operated on-site and perform all duties under the most demanding conditions.
Conservation and resource management
Draganfly drones equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technologies can quickly and efficiently traverse large areas for data collection and analysis. Disease and pest infestations can be identified and targeted for intervention. Wildlife populations can be quickly and accurately counted. Terrain can be mapped and measured. These are but a few of the applications that could replace costly and time-consuming field personnel work.
Drones are being used in a variety of industries and applications to collect data, provide real-time situational assessments, inspect infrastructure, monitor landscapes and installations, plus much more. Draganfly’s current direct sales efforts now span six distinct market sectors:
In the coming months, the company also plans to focus on selling its products and engineering services to the U.S. government through contacts established from existing contract engineering services with military contractors.
In the private sector, Draganfly is growing its service contracts to major corporations seeking new solutions to ongoing business challenges.
Ask any farmer, the most important thing he can put on the ground are his boots. Crop inspection during growing season is essential to a successful harvest. However, covering hundreds, even thousands of acres of ground can be a daunting task.
Draganfly has created specialized drones that carry advanced imaging equipment specifically designed to gather key data farmers need to identify problem areas that require prompt intervention. Thousands of acres can be inspected in a single day — something that would take days to complete on foot.
Draganfly expects that this model can catch the attention of the agricultural organizations and farmers who are well known for being early adopters of new technologies.
Developed to meet agricultural specifications from the University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences department, Draganfly equipment has been designed to carry dual cameras feeding data in real time to ground-based equipment, all developed by Draganfly engineers.
Therein lies a key difference in what makes Draganfly unique.
Unlike other competitors, Draganfly designs and builds its drone product solutions with turnkey capabilities. It’s not just the flying platform they sell, it’s the entire package — from software to hardware to flight training and operations... all of it specifically targeted to the very unique needs of the client.
Customers routinely approach Draganfly with a challenge and the company solves it, period!
Draganfly is already flying...and that could put it on Wall Street’s radar!
After two decades operating as a private company, Draganfly (CSE: DFLY / OTCQB: DFLYF / FSE: 3U8A) is now publicly trading. This represents an outstanding opportunity to secure a ground-floor position if you choose to act now.
This could be perfect timing for a growth-motivated investor. Following the federal government decision to ban the use of all Chinese drone technologies, billions of dollars in future purchase orders will be prioritized for domestic drone manufacturers.
Draganfly is well positioned to reap enormous revenue gains as the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and civil agencies nationwide move aggressively into deploying drone airframes and technology payloads.
“Drones are a really hot technology area right now which is often underestimated and not widely covered... What they don’t realize is that commercial drones have become a billion dollar market in recent years in industries like energy, construction, and agriculture.”
— Knud Lasse Lueth, Managing Director, IoT Analytics 
It makes good sense to start your due diligence, as this is a rapidly emerging market. If you’re inclined to make an aggressive investment capable of potential enormous payouts, DFLY shares should at a minimum be on your watch list.
First step: Contact your broker and get Draganfly Inc. (CSE: DFLY / OTCQB: DFLYF / FSE: 3U8A) on your watch list. Better still, consider getting started with an investment of your own. If you choose that route, keep in mind that DFLY, while experienced, is still a newly emerging public company that presents significant risk of loss to early investors.
Do not invest anything more than you are willing to lose... but keep in mind, this is an industry just getting started and that’s exactly the point in time when early investors stand to reap the greatest rewards.
Remember the early days of PCs? Futurist magazine Wired called this six years ago...
How rich would you be had you secured a ground-floor position in personal computing? Don’t be caught looking back wondering where you were at the time. The dawn of the “drone age” is here now and this could be the ideal time to get on board!
Even a cursory search of the emerging market for commercial drones can confirm this.
And before you begin your market research, take a moment to navigate to the Draganfly investor presentation (featured to the right of this article) and familiarize yourself with the company, its products and its prospects for future growth. That will put much of what the company is doing into the proper perspective.
Whatever you do, immediately start your research on Draganfly! Demand for drone-based commercial solutions is increasing. You might not want to be left behind standing on the launch pad!
Past interest in drone technologies has been dominated by the consumer segment — ranging from stocking stuffer toys to flying cameras costing over a thousand dollars. Payloads were measured in ounces and flight times in minutes. None had commercial viability.
Chinese manufacturing came to dominate the consumer toy market, which extended to commercial markets as well. China now holds a 75% market share in global drone sales.
But Draganfly flew against the wind and stayed put in North America, further advancing commercial and security applications — which have become a top purchase priority for highly sensitive U.S. military and government procurement.
The Draganfly Commander drone has been specifically engineered for mission-critical roles across a wide range of civil and public sector applications. For most of these use cases, a Draganfly drone comes ready-to-go, right out of the box. Each drone is designed to be easy to fly, is quick to deploy, and fully calibrated to the mission prior to delivery.
As you do your due diligence and consider an investment in Draganfly, keep this in mind: Nobody wants a sky full of Chinese-made drones! Chinese technology is being shunned for domestic security reasons!
After the Pentagon banned the sale and use of all Chinese-made phones on U.S. military bases, the Commerce Department expanded its own list of forbidden Chinese products to include a sweeping range of technologies having military uses. Being a Chinese company has thus become a liability, which presents a significant upside opportunity for Draganfly.
Draganfly was never seduced to enter the toy drone craze. Over the last two decades, the company focused on commercial applications for drone technology. They build groundbreaking and industry-specific tools — not toys.
Now that focus is paying off…
From the outset in 1998 when it introduced the world’s first quadcopter drone, Draganfly management recognized the incredible commercial & security potential of its technology.
Over two decades of research and development, company engineers succeeded in designing and building drones that revolutionize industrial, security and military operational challenges.
Draganfly is on track to lead one of the fastest growing industries of our lifetime! This is, in my opinion, a smart early investment that could lead to a potential fortune in the future! This is why I have invested myself.
Yes, I’ve made an early investment in what I believe to be a transformational opportunity into the domestic drone space. Look… I could be wrong… but I’ve bet my own money on this!
Draganfly Inc. (CSE: DFLY / OTCQB: DFLYF / FSE: 3U8A) has recently listed on the public markets. It’s still early in the game as the company prepares an aggressive push to become what could be the world’s top commercial and military drone company.
Blake Desaulniers, Contributor
for Investors News Service
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 $129 billion global commercial market: https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/4827913;
$4.5 billion anti drone market: https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-anti-drone-market;
$13.5 billion military: https://www.reuters.com/brandfeatures/venture-capital/article?id=107503;
For a total of ≈$147 billion
$9.6 billion military in 2019 -> $13.2 billion in 2025;
$0.576 billion anti-drone 2016 -> $4.5 billion in 2026;
$13.7 commercial drone market 2019 -> $129 billion in 2025;
 Company presentation – Draganfly Fast Facts