According to a report by Reuters, the US is seeking to reinterpret the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a 1987 arms control agreement, so as to permit the sale of US drones to more countries where makers such as Israel and China, which are not governed by the treaty, dominate the market.

Reuters reported on Friday, citing defense industry executives, that the Trump administration wants to redefine the MTCR so that large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are no longer classified as cruise missiles. This would remove them from tight regulations intended to prevent the proliferation of missile technology, and thus also of nuclear weapons.

The redefinition would affect US drones such as General Atomics’ MQ-9 Reaper and Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk, two large drones that fly slower than 500 miles per hour.



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