State Department Sets New Export Rules for US-Made UAVs

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Department of the statesThe State Department has issued new regulations governing overseas sale, transfer and use of U.S.-built military and commercial unmanned aerial systems, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Missy Ryan writes the U.S. government will review UAS procurement requests from potential foreign buyers on a case-by-case basis.

Exports of unmanned aircraft designed to carry weapons are subject to “a strong presumption of denial” policy and acquirers must agree to proper use rules established by the U.S. in accordance with international law, according to the Post.

Reuters reported Tuesday the new export regulations are intended to help U.S. allies to buy drones for national defense as well as help U.S. drone and unmanned technology manufacturers to compete in the international market.

“The new policy ensures appropriate participation for U.S. industry in the emerging commercial UAS market, which will contribute to the health of the U.S. industrial base, and thus to U.S. national security, which includes economic security,” a State Department official told Reuters.

The agency will also monitor the use of unmanned aircraft sold to foreign countries, according to the story by Andrea Shalal and Emily Stephenson.

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