WASHINGTON: U.S. president Barack Obama has given the permission to sell the armed drone for the first time, local media reported.
According to reports, The new policy announced on Tuesday after a long internal review, is a significant step for U.S. arms policy as allied nations from Italy to Turkey to the Persian Gulf region clamor for the aircraft.
It also is a move to U.S. defense firms scrambling to secure a greater share of a growing global drone market.
Countries who want to buy drones must agree to use them legally, and not conduct illegal surveillance on their own people.
“The technology is here to stay,” said a senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the regulations. “It’s to our benefit to have certain allies and partners equipped appropriately.”
The country has faced criticism for its deadly use of military drones in the past.