I was looking on Boeing's Phantom Works webpage and came across a small UAV called the NightEagle, based off of the ScanEagle. I searched for it on
ats but couldn't find anything. Now there's nothing special about the ScanEagle but the variant has an advanced night vision camera system installed
on it. What caught my mind is this:
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations restricts the use of NightEagle’s advanced night vision technology. In the United States,
NightEagle is only available to military and law enforcement. Export of NightEagle requires U.S. Government approval.
Couple questions. First, what could the ITAR possibly restrict the use of night vision technology when we can do it whenever we want in the day with
the drones? Second, it requires US government approval for export. That must mean that this system is so advanced that some of our allies won't even
get it. It's been to combat already and it's only five feet in length with a ten foot wingspan. Kind of small for an aircraft with a flight ceiling of
19,500 feet and can fly 18 hours...
edit on 13-10-2012 by boomer135 because: (no reason given)