Australia begins training on armed U.S. Reaper drones

February 23, 2015 3:05 AM

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Australia begins training on armed U.S. Reaper drones

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian air force personnel have begun training on armed drones in the United States, Australian defense officials said on Monday, less than a week after Washington said it would begin exporting the controversial weapons system.

The U.S. State Department last week said it would allow exports of lethal military drones under strict conditions, such as sales through government programs and agreements by recipient nations to provide "end-use assurances."

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