The US applies new rules to make it easier to export drones. Under a new policy announced Friday, unmanned aerial systems that fly at speeds below 800 k/h will no longer be subject to the “presumption of denial”. This decision will affect most blocked international sales of drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
This change will have effects how the United States interprets the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) The U.S. government’s interpretation of the export controls had caused to a denial of most countries’ requests to buy “category-1” systems. Those systems are capable of carrying 500-kilogram payloads for more than 300 kilometres. The new guidance will allow to abandon such restriction and follow standard military export procedure.