US to allow export of armed military drones
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is amending its weapons sales regulations to allow the export of armed military drones to friendly nations and allies.
The State Department said Tuesday the new policy would allow foreign governments that meet certain requirements - and pledge not to use the unmanned aircraft illegally - to buy the vehicles that have played a critical role in combatting terrorism and are increasingly used for other purposes.
Recipient countries would be required to sign end-use statements certifying that the drones would not be used for unlawful surveillance or force against domestic populations and would only be used in internationally sanctioned military operations, such as self-defense.
The agency said such pledges would be monitored for compliance.