Pentagon Proposed 66 States Allow Buy Drone Aircraft

U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon) compiled a list of 66 countries that are allowed to purchase US-made drone, a drone nicknamed. But the list still must be approved again by the State Department and the U.S. Congress.

According to news agency Reuters, the Pentagon policy was expressed by a senior U.S. Defense Department official in Washington DC, on Wednesday. He is Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in the Pentagon when speaking at industry conferences ComDef 2012.

Genaille revealed that since last year it has been compiled which countries can buy drones. Can be controlled remotely, mini plane is useful for specific tasks - such as limited reconnaissance and bombing. However, Genaille not willing to disclose any country on the list.

Northrop Grumman Corporation chief executive, Wes Bush, welcomed the initiative of the Pentagon in exporting drones, they produce, in a boost arms exports. However, this decision has not received the blessing of all parties concerned. "I hope this issue can be resolved smoothly. Indeed, the issue has been slow, but we were on the right track," said Bush.

Among exporter of defense equipment and armaments Americans were complaining about the complexity of the rules of government in exporting their products abroad. The situation was eventually exploited by their competitors in other countries.

As a drone manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, said the U.S. government about the ban of export of their flagship product, the Global Hawk surveillance aircraft. Capable of operating at very high altitudes, Global Hawk became a mainstay for the U.S. military and intelligence reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan and other areas of operation.

Japan, Singapore, and Australia reportedly keen to acquire Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman spokesman said last year. However, there is no green light from the U.S. government to be able to export to foreign drones.

source : vivanews

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