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US may sell armed drones to key allies

The United States has been secretly pushing to sell armed drones to key allies. But the plan is being opposed by lawmakers, who are worried about the proliferation of technology.

world Updated: Dec 16, 2011 00:21 IST

The United States has been secretly pushing to sell armed drones to key allies. But the plan is being opposed by lawmakers, who are worried about the proliferation of technology.

The Obama administration has began informal negotiations with lawmakers over the proposal in the wake of its Persian Gulf allies pressing Washington to authorise drone sales, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The US is required by law to notify key congressional committees about the proposal, and officials predict that the plan would likely be subjected to additional scrutiny.

The plan is a part of the Pentagon’s efforts to ensure Nato members acquire pilotless aircraft to ease the military burden on US in Afghanistan and any possible future conflict.

The proposal has, however, have sparked off a debate between the Obama administration and Congress over whether the US should speed up the proposal that will enable other countries to execute military strikes by remote control.