State Dept. OKs Proposed $1.65B Drone Sale To Australia

Law360 (April 26, 2021, 2:42 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of State approved the Australian government's potential purchase of $1.65 billion worth of General Atomics' MQ-9B unmanned aircraft and related equipment, according to a government announcement.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the approval on Friday, saying the deal — which would see Australia buy a dozen of the drones — would support the national security objectives of the U.S. by bolstering the defense capabilities of a key ally in the Western Pacific.

"The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. It is vital...

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