Want to buy a military-grade drone? That won’t be easy, unless you’ve got a good relationship with Beijing...
... China could become a drones “proliferator” to developing countries, according to a report (PDF) released on June 13 by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.”Chinese companies appear to be positioning themselves to become key suppliers of UAVs in the global market…Chinese UAVs are likely to be attractive to developing countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, particularly given their price points,” the report concludes.
Unlike the previous article I posted on Chinese competition, the problem here is that the Chinese are entering what is essentially an uncontested market. Neither quality nor innovation will help US companies in this case, because they are prevented from competing.
Now, anti-drone defense systems... that may be another matter.