Three senior employees of Yamaha Motor in Japan were arrested trying to export an unmanned helicopter to China. Helicopters of this type could be used for a variety of military purposes.
The helicopter, when it is equipped with a camera, is designed for remote control operation even in locations where visibility is poor. It is also equipped with a global positioning system.
The export of unmanned helicopters that can carry fuel and at least 20 liters of other liquids, and have the capability to fly automatically, must be authorized by the ministry.
This is one more sign that all countries are increasingly monitoring and enforcing a crackdown on unauthorized exports. When in doubt, ask before shipping.
Link: Mainichi Daily News