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China Brings Cheap Drone Warfare to the Global Market


thefiscaltimes-articleThe following is an excerpt from Rob Garver | October 26, 2016 | Thefiscaltimes.com |

The White House and the Pentagon have long accepted that drone warfare is here to stay, and both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama embraced the technology that allows the United States to project military force -- usually in the form of a Hellfire missile -- to remote parts of the world cheaply and with little risk to American personnel.

But even as the Pentagon embraced drone technology for U.S. forces, lawmakers have created strict rules against exporting certain unmanned aerial vehicle technologies to other countries. The export ban was generally in place to preserve the United States’ technological advantage over competitors, but also to prevent cheap and lethal weapons from falling into the hands of unreliable foreign governments or terrorist groups.

However, the market will always find a way, and now, as the Financial Times reports, a Chinese company that has been selling what appears to be a knock-off version of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned combat aerial vehicle is taking the first steps toward going public.

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