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Trump administration attacks Chinese drone ‘knock-offs’

19th April 2018 - 17:01 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London


The Trump administration is seeking to combat expanding Chinese influence in the international drone market with new export rules which will allow US companies to sell UAS technologies overseas with less barriers.

Specifically reference has been made to Chinese ‘knock-off’ UAVs, based on US technology from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), which have increasingly appeared at international trade shows such as the Chinese Wing Loong II debut at Paris Air Show 2017.

The similarities of such UAS to the design of the MQ-9 Reaper UAS are undeniable.

It is also widely acknowledged that Chinese platforms have been flown by customers

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Beth Maundrill


Beth Maundrill

Beth is Deputy Editor - Land at Shephard Media, managing coverage across all formats of …

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