International UAS Surveillance Markets Heat Up as American Companies Wait for Guidance

International UAS Surveillance Markets Heat Up as American Companies Wait for Guidance

By William D. Ezzell

No one likes the idea of big brother. But what if big brother is the one writing the check? And not looking at you?

As we previously posted, American UAS companies are vying to compete with Chinese companies in the international UAS military market. Countries around the world are actively building UAS fleets but U.S. export controls have hampered American companies from competing. Foreign competitors continue to challenge the American UAS industry, which could not have been more evident at this year’s China Public Security Expo in Shenzhen, China. 

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New Kid on the Block: As US Balks at UAS Export, China Steps Up to Fill the Void

New Kid on the Block: As US Balks at UAS Export, China Steps Up to Fill the Void

By William D. Ezzell

This week, the Wall Street Journal reported on a topic well-known within our UAS industry: China is exporting military UAS systems to many countries, primarily in the Middle East. This includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Libya. 

American companies certainly remain at the forefront of UAS technology. In fact, the drones that countries are buying from China epitomize the term “Chinese knockoff.” At first glance, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish the China’s Wing Loon drones from the Predator and Reaper models. 

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