Export restrictions limit Predator potential sales

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Following requested purchases of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator/Reaper-series unmanned air vehicles by France and the Netherlands in recent weeks, the USA’s backing of an export licence for India but a rejection for Jordan have raised questions over how much potential the UAVs really have outside of NATO.

This caught my eye from the same article as I wasn't aware it actually had any buyers.

There may be additional demand in the US intelligence community’s classified budgets, however. Last April, a senior company official told Flightglobal that it is delivering one Avenger – a jet-powered, armed UAV with radar stealth characteristics – every nine months to a classified customer, and that there could be additional Reapers in the pipeline as well.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/export-restrictions-limit-predator-potential-408854/
 

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Flyaway said:
This caught my eye from the same article as I wasn't aware it actually had any buyers.


There is an export version, and it has been sold.


Flyaway said:
There may be additional demand in the US intelligence community’s classified budgets, however. Last April, a senior company official told Flightglobal that it is delivering one Avenger – a jet-powered, armed UAV with radar stealth characteristics – every nine months to a classified customer, and that there could be additional Reapers in the pipeline as well.


http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/export-restrictions-limit-predator-potential-408854/



This is a bit misleading. Avengers are being *completed* at a rate of one every nine months. As of last April/May IIRC the first was about to be delivered, with another before the end of the year.

 

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Appears that some of the restrictions on the export of armed drones may now be eased somewhat.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-cracks-open-door-to-the-export-of-armed-drones-to-allied-nations/2015/02/17/c5595988-b6b2-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html?tid=HP_more?tid=HP_more
 

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