Arab Dictatorship Tries to become First Non-NATO Government to Buy U.S. DronesSubmitted by go213mph on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 20:19
With the proposed sale of Predators to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Congress will soon have to decide if expanding the sale of drone technology to non-democratic countries is a good idea.
The UAE wants to purchase an undisclosed number of the unmanned aerial vehicles for $197 million from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., a California-based defense contractor. If lawmakers approve the deal, they would set a precedent by allowing a non-NATO country to obtain drones from the U.S.
Arms control advocates have expressed concerns about the technology falling into terrorists’ hands or being used by governments against their own citizens.