Will it be illegal to sell anti-drone systems to any nation like Gaza? Because it's not a weapon system, it's more like a defensive technology. Would it still violate an arms embargo?

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    A defensive weapon is still a weapon.
    – phoog
    Oct 3, 2017 at 19:22
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    Each arms embargo is different.
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 3, 2017 at 22:32

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In the US, it is illegal to sell screwdrivers to Gaza without a license, see 31 CFR 595.409. There are numerous rules pertaining to the Palestinian Authority staring here. Dept. of State has a partial list of countries and their associated restrictions, if you want "like Gaza", and note that they warn you that this is not a complete list. If you are specifically interested in weapons-related restrictions, the US Munitions List is here. There is no generic "anti-drone" system, so you would have to look at the specifics of a system to see if it is on the restricted list, or not.

  • The munitions link is to a state dept site for state dept employees. Dec 1, 2019 at 6:44

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