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The US government could begin sharing UAV drone technology to certain allies

The United States military continues to expand development of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) fleet, with several allied nations also seeking U.S. UAV technology.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed there has been interest from Britain, Canada, Spain, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and other nations.  The U.S. already has expressed interest in sharing certain UAV technologies with Pakistan.

There is still serious concern that shared UAV material -- including used UAV drones -- could be stolen or given to Iran, North Korea, and terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, security experts have warned in the past.

The U.S. continues to expand its use of UAVs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as other countries look to use UAVs for several different purposes that range from attacks and reconnaissance, security, and climate research.

Iran currently has a UAV program that concerns western security experts, though the real world threat of these UAVs still is unknown.

Iran currently has an active UAV program that continues to concern western security experts, even though the U.S. military should have little trouble fending off Iranian-made drones.  As noted earlier, there is a more serious problem that Iran could begin to sell its drones to insurgents fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Gates also recently noted Iran and other countries developing UAVs “could create difficulties” for the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.



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By Vertigo101 on 4/17/2010 6:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
As much as you might poke fun, US forces shot down an Iranian UAV flying into Iraq about this time last year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7946758.stm

It was a pretty good copy of the Hunter/Shadow(Although this was never stated in the article). You'd be surprised what they're capable of.


By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/27/2010 10:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
It's not the Iranian people that I would poke fun at... Like any other country they have the people to build probably anything. It's their leader whom I think is a whack job. A countries people will only grow and learn when the government does not interfere with progress. Well maybe make laws to help keep things safe and fair, but not stop half the population from becoming educated (like girls can not go to school past 6 grade or other limits down this type of path). Iran seems to be a place littered with limitations rather than things to encourage growth and learning.


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