On 24 July, C4ISRNET reported expectations that White House officials are to announce a new interpretation of an export control agreement (MTCR), which the defence industry hopes will lead to increased sales of military UAV abroad. It explains that the MTCR was primarily introduced to regulate the sale of cruise missiles, but the interpretation also covers certain unmanned vehicles. Currently, the US interpretation of the MTCR leads to a blanket denial of most countries’ requests to buy “category-1” systems capable of carrying 500 kg payloads for more than 300 km. On 24 July, Breaking Defense confirmed the rules change. The change would open all so-called Category I drones currently made by the US defence industry for export, including the long-loitering surveillance and armed systems which have played a key role in Washington’s counterterrorism fights over the past 2 decades.

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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