FACTSHEET: US POLICY ON THE EXPORT OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

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).

https://www.state.gov/u-s-policy-on-the-export-of-unmanned-aerial-systems-2/

The statement on the change in US UAS export policy is at –

https://www.state.gov/trump-administration-approves-updated-unmanned-aerial-system-uas-export-policy/

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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