Swissinfo on 7th April reported that a Swiss engineer and an Italian entrepreneur were arrested in Rome by the Guardia di Finanza for illegally producing and selling the “drone ranger” anti-drone systems, which were for to the armed forces of certain Middle Eastern countries.  They can detect, track and neutralise UAV by jamming the remote-control frequency as well as the GPS navigation system, and are classified as war materiel by Italy.  The systems were to be exported to Spain and later sold to Arab clients but no request for permission to export was made to the foreign ministry. Those arrested had already signed contracts worth more than €3.5 million with other contracts worth around €36 million were to follow.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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