US State Department sets new policy for drone exports

February 17, 2015 22:58

WASHINGTON - The US government on Tuesday unveiled new policies for exports of US military and commercial drones, including armed drones, and said it would work with other countries to shape international standards for use of unmanned military systems.

The State Department announced the long-awaited policy shift, saying it would allow exports of lethal US military drones under strict conditions, including that sales must be made through government programs and that recipient nations must agree to certain "end-use assurances."

A State Department official said the United States would continue to carefully monitor the use of any unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that were approved for export, much as it does other weapons.

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