Nations want American UAVs, or will develop their own

The number of nations around the world using unmanned aerial vehicles has expanded beyond the use of the United States and its key allies to include nations in fertile markets such as Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, reports Reuters.

While the United States has allowed Britain, Italy and Turkey to buy U.S.-built UAVs, mostly to operate them alongside U.S. forces, it has declined requests from other nations keen to obtain the advanced unmanned aircraft technology, the story said.

Makers of UAVs say the benefits of using unmanned aircraft are numerous and include saving lives by not putting air crews at risk, slashing fuel consumption and reducing personnel costs, the story said.

In the near future, any nation that has a "a moderately serious air force" is likely to have some UAV capability, according to the story. Nations hard at work on their own UAVs include Britain, China, Israel and Russia.


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