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Armed UAV export reform pressure mounts

3rd February 2017 - 14:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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While the US regularly exports billions of dollars-worth of fighter jets, missiles and other advanced military systems to its closest allies, one piece of equipment remains almost verboten when it comes to export; the armed unmanned aerial vehicle.

Those in the industry say that's not only hurting US businesses but it is also pushing close allies into the arms of adversaries such as China. 

The US has used armed UAVs for over a decade now with the platforms seeing prolific use in Iraq, Afghanistan and the wider War on Terror. But only the UK, so far, has been given export

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