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Report: US Aims to Facilitate Military Drone Exports Via Proposed Arms Control Treaty Amendment

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The U.S. government plans to propose a change to an arms control agreement in an effort to facilitate exports of unmanned aerial vehicles designed for military use, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Sources said U.S. officials released a white paper about the proposed amendment to the Missile Technology Control Regime during a plenary session held in October.

MTCR is a treaty among 35 countries that sets rules on missile and UAV exports and subjects to a “presumption of denial” “category-1” platforms with a payload capacity of 500 kilograms at a distance of least 300 kilometers.

Under the proposed MTCR amendment, any drone that operates under 650 kilometers per hour would be classified as “category-2” and would be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.

The reclassification of drones to category-2 would enable the U.S. to sell the UAVs to other countries through direct commercial sales or foreign military sales agreements, the report added.

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