US sells Unmanned Aerial Systems with stringent standards: PHL interested

The United States has released a fact sheet stating it designed new policy on military unmanned aerial systems (UAS) export. “The United States is committed to stringent standards for the sale, transfer, and subsequent use of US-origin military UAS,” says in fact sheet.

“The United States has a responsibility to ensure that sales, transfers, and subsequent use of all U.S.-origin UAS are responsible and consistent with U.S. national security and foreign policy interests,” says in the fact sheet released by US State Department.

US listed several principles for proper use of US-Origin military UAS.

It says that recipients of UAS are to use it in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law. It added that UAS can only be used with force under international law, such as national self-defense.

Recipients are not to use military UAS to conduct unlawful surveillance or use unlawful force against their domestic populations. And, as appropriate, recipients shall provide UAS operators technical and doctrinal training on the use of these systems to reduce the risk of unintended injury or damage.

In a report by Reuters, Armed Force of the Philippines spokesman Colonel Restituto Padilla said Philippine military is interested in drone to be used for intelligence and surveillance operations.