The United States has officially relaxed its export controls on drones, saying it will ensure that they are used responsibly

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 The United States has officially relaxed its export controls on drones, saying it will ensure that they are used responsibly


According to a new policy announced on Friday, unmanned aerial vehicle systems flying at speeds below 800 km / h will no longer be subject to export restrictions, opening the door to international trade in unmanned aerial vehicles such as MQ-9 reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk, the report said.

Clark Cooper, Assistant Secretary General of the political and military affairs administration, said that relaxing the export of UAVs would not pose a risk to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and faster weapon systems, such as cruise missiles, hypersonic aircraft and advanced unmanned combat aircraft, would not be affected by the policy change.

However, there are also objections to the new policy in the United States. Bob menandez, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was a reckless decision that the United States might export some lethal weapons to countries that do not respect human rights. Menendez had previously advocated stopping arms exports to Saudi Arabia on the grounds of human rights.

This new policy brings new business opportunities to general atomic energy and Northrop Grumman, which is the producer of MQ-1 predator and MQ-9 reaper, and RQ-4 is the manufacturer of Northrop Grumman.

However, the report quoted Clark Cooper as saying that the U.S. government will not blindly approve all UAV exports. Considering the complexity and diversity of various UAV Systems, the US government has the responsibility to review and study UAV transactions one by one to ensure that UAVs are used responsibly and will not harm the interests of the United States and its allies.

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