A new report says it's China, not the US, supplying the MidEast with the most drones

Published May 18th, 2015 - 08:00 GMT
China is surpassing the US in drone supply to this region, according to Jordan's AlGhad. (AFP/File)
China is surpassing the US in drone supply to this region, according to Jordan's AlGhad. (AFP/File)

China is eclipsing America in supplying drones to the Middle East, according to a report in the Jordanian daily Alghad this week.

In a letter to US President Barack Obama last Thursday, US Rep. Duncan Hunter said he feared Jordan was “currently getting armed drones from China," as a consequence of last year’s refusal from Washington to provide the kingdom with unmanned aerial vehicles.

Hunter said he was "aware of the existence of a Chinese representation currently in Jordan to discuss this matter, as well as operations and logistics pushing for a swift sale of drones."

But after refusing demands from Jordan in the past, the US embassy in Jordan told AlGhad that it "will start considering its allies requests, in light of the newly issued regulations for the export of unmanned aerial systems."

Meanwhile, Amman refused to comment.

Hunter said he was "confident that his country could limit Jordan’s attention toward the Chinese aircrafts by taking immediate action.” He felt that any deal with China "would harm the US defense industry, open a new market for Beijing, and make it more difficult for the United States and Jordan to work side-by-side, in the fight against Daash."


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