A succession of treaties, including ITAR, have attempted to restrict the export of US-built military hardware. But as Alan Warnes explains, there are many other options, and these can have a significant effect on the US military aerospace business.
In some countries, ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) is almost akin to a dirty word. In the Middle East and Asia in particular, aerospace companies are making efforts to avoid working with ITAR-regulated systems. One industry source told AFM: “It causes delays to sales and procurement.” He added: “But if you don’t abide by the rules it can lead to big fines, imprisonment and blacklisting, so you will never work in the industry again.”