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Parrot won't close its consumer drone division [ +UPDATE]

UPDATE 21/07 – French company Parrot said it will continue to launch products for the traditional drone consumer market, but will focus on the next-generation platform of the line. ANAFI. The cheapest model of this line today costs $ 590 on Amazon as can be seen on this link, being one of the biggest competitors of DJI models.

THE french manufacturer wireless products, Parrotannounced the end of its drone lines Mambo and Swingeffectively shutting down its unmanned aircraft division for consumers. With this, the company can give full focus to its projects with corporate and government clients.


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How do you remember the site? Drone DJ, it's been two years since the company announced that it would move away from the commercial drone market to be able to start working with products only high end and business-level solutions. Since then, Parrot has laid off about half of its unmanned aircraft employees.

Official Website: Parrot Mambo

Meanwhile, the French manufacturer announced that they will start developing drones for the United States Army. Parrot is among the six companies selected by the Department of Defense US for the development of short-range reconnaissance drones.

"Wirecutter got confirmation today that Parrot is in fact leaving the mini drone market. Sites like Amazon have been slowly running out of [branded] products. We will retire Mambo and Swing as our picks and test new ones. drones soon ".Signe Brewster, Wirecutter drone writer on his Twitter

According to the Wirecutter report, the French company is shutting down production of all of its drone options except Anafi, a lightweight, folding model that has certain similarities to the Mavic Air it's the Mavic 2 gives DJI, according to the website Drone DJ.

Recently, the company presented the Anafi Thermal, which brought as a major highlight an integrated thermal FLIR camera. According to the official announcement, the product focuses on assisting the work of emergency services, especially firefighters, as well as civil engineering companies.

Parrot faces problems stabilizing its financial situation. By 2018, its revenues from the commercial sector increase by only 5%. Still, the company's total revenues fell by 28% compared to the previous year.

Via: The Verge, Engadget, DJ Drone