U.S. Plans to Weaponize Italy’s Reaper drones

Lawmakers in the U.S. have not blocked the Obama administrations proposed sale of Hellfire missiles to arm Italy’s fleet of Reaper drones. It would make Italy the only country apart from Britain to fly armed U.S. drones.

According to the WSJ, “Lawmakers who question the planned deal say the decision to “weaponize” Italy’s unarmed surveillance drones could make it harder for the U.S. to deny similar capabilities to other North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, and set back efforts to urge sales limitations on other nations that make sophisticated drones such as Israel”.

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