In the United States there are strict norms for the supply of such weapons, so requests for their transfer to other countries are usually refused.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has asked the United States to provide reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) MQ-1C Gray Eagle with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. This was reported by the newspaper Politico.
The Ukrainian department told the publication that they “are waiting for a positive result.” At the same time, the newspaper notes that in the United States there are strict rules regarding the supply of attack drones, as a result of which requests for their transfer to other countries are usually refused.
According to Politico, these restrictions prevented the sale of Gray Eagle and other Reaper reconnaissance and strike UAVs even to U.S. partners – Qatar and Indonesia. So while such a transfer to Ukraine “seems doubtful,” the newspaper writes. A spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department, John Kirby, declined to comment to the newspaper on the possibility of supplying Ukraine with Reaper or Gray Eagle drones.
The publication notes that when considering Ukraine’s request, the Pentagon will need to assess how much the Ukrainian military will actually be able to use this type of weapons.
Earlier, the United States has already committed to transfer 700 Switchblade barrage shells to Ukraine.