Trade restrictions on Tehran were eased following the nuclear disarmament Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action enforced in January. This had previously prevented the sale of dual-use UAVs – defined at the time as those with an autonomous flight control and navigation capability and those capable of beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) operations – from Europe and the USA.

Simple UAVs that were not specifically designed or modified for military use could previously be supplied from European Union nations, but now dual-use UAVs can also be sold.

This only applies to Europe, however, because certain US sanctions remain effective, Bird & Bird, a law firm specialising in aerospace, tells Flightglobal. […]