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Italy to join US, Britain in arming drones

  • Italy will become the third country to fly armed drones along with the US and Britain following a nod from the US state Department, Italian media reported. The US government has approved the sale of technology which will be used to upgrade two Italian Air Force Reaper MQ-9A drones, allowing them to carry air-to-surface missiles, such as the Hellfire II or laser-guided bombs like the GBU-12, the report said on Thursday. "This will contribute to US foreign policy and security, boosting the capability of a NATO ally which has been an integral member of every recent operation led by the alliance and the US," a State Department spokesman said, announcing the 15.6 million euro upgrade. (Source: IANS)