Trump lowers hurdles for military drone sales to allies majorly India

Trump cuts red tape in sales of armed drones

The policy change comes after the U.S. State Department set a new one-year record for clearing weapon sales, with $75.9 billion cleared by the department in fiscal 2017.

US President Donald Trump has ordered government agencies to expedite and expand arms sales overseas, including exports of advanced drones to reinforce allied armies, the White House has said, a move expected to be helpful to countries like India. Sixty-eight-year-old Navarro is known for making the administration take tough actions on trade vis-à-vis China, the report said.

Trump administration officials say the new arms sales mandates under the so-called "Buy America" initiative will expand America's already dominant market share on the worldwide arms trade exponentially.

India has led Washington know that they make use of end use monitoring policy and New Delhi realizes that it has USA law mandates to make use of under certain circumstances.

The New Policy will be welcomed in New Delhi and at the same time will be of an offensive capacity of the fleet and concerns on the end use of the Additional security concerns.

The co-existence of the will to promote arms sales and the concern for human rights, however, has not convinced experts who feel this would encourage the potential abusers of human rights more. "A transaction can still occur to a human rights abuser so long as the USA has no specific knowledge that system will be used to commit atrocity crimes", Benowitz said.

The changes include allowing direct commercial sales that don't have to go through the government by companies that obtain an export permit and eliminating special scrutiny of laser devices on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), meaning drones that can be used for military targeting.

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Trump has pressed foreign governments to buy more US -made weapons in almost every call he has had with a head of state of major allies, a State Department official said this week.

Almost 100 countries fly, float and fight with American-made weapons systems, with US defense firms being the leading producer of advanced strike aircraft, precision-guided munitions and missile defense systems.

"As President Trump works to balance our trade with the rest of the world, further strengthening a critical part of our export economy and defense industrial base is a logical and critical step".

The new approach represents a "fundamental shift" in the way the United States sells large armed drones, Rachel Stohl, director of the conventional arms program at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington, said. But they repeated a mantra that "economic security is national security".

Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy, told reporters that providing allies and partners with greater access to American arms will reduce their reliance not just on Chinese knock-offs, but also on Russian systems, consistent with the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

Previously, U.S. government sources had said that more NATO members, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf partners as well as treaty allies such as Japan and South Korea would be given the favorable treatment regarding drone sales.

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