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.

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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