On 27 July, this Factsheet was issued by the US State Department. It says that, despite the policy change announced by the Trump Administration on 24 July, 5 primary objectives with respect to UAS transfers remain unaltered –
- To increases trade opportunities for U.S. companies;
- To bolster partner security and counterterrorism capabilities;
- To strengthen bilateral relationships;
- To preserve U.S. military advantage; and
- To prevent the proliferation of WMD delivery systems.
All potential military UAS transfers will continue to be subject to Department of State-led assessment and Department of Defense (DoD)-led assessment regarding technology security, as applicable. All UAS transfers, including military UAS transfers, will be reviewed consistent with US international non-proliferation commitments, including under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
The statement on the change in US UAS export policy is at –
Affected are UAS with a maximum airspeed less than 800 kmh and discretion over the strong presumption of denial for transfers involving such types.