PLAINFIELD - U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is working with a Plainfield manufacturer to encourage a ban on the use of foreign-made drones by the United States government.
According to a press release from Murphy’s office, the purpose of banning foreign drones is to support national security and local jobs.
Keith Lovendale is the CEO of RADeCO Inc., the Plainfield company that manufactures air monitoring machinery, such as drones, which are used to detect radiation.
Lovendale contacted Murphy to communicate his concerns about the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) buying aircraft drones that were made in China. The release states that the unmanned Chinese drones were being used to spy on America. Murphy raised the issue to the DoD, which recently announced that it was prohibiting “the purchase of all small commercial drones.” This ban also applies to drones made by DJI, a Chinese company, stated the release.
“After hearing from Keith, I knew I had to do something. It was infuriating that the U.S. Department of Defense was buying Chinese drones, which posed a serious security risk, over American-made drones,” Murphy said. “Our government should be living up to its commitments under the Buy American Act. We should be buying products made right here in Connecticut, and putting our manufacturers’ jobs-not to mention our national security-first. I’m proud to highlight RADeCO and look forward to working with them.”
Murphy assured more transparency and protection for national companies against foreign drones in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2019. The deal is meant for American companies such as RADeCO whose products have to compete with the Chinese drones.
On Monday, RADeCO was recognized as “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” RADeCO stands for Radiation Detection Company. The company’s UAVs, air monitors, drone inspection services and ground vehicles are utilized for military shipyards, nuclear power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy and other state health agencies.
“We would like to thank Senator Murphy for the recognition, and for his commitment to the Buy American Act, which will go a long way to help grow businesses and create jobs in Connecticut and across the country,” Brad Lovendale, Vice President of RADeCO, Inc., said.
To learn more about RADeCO and its services visit their website at radecoinc.com