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Laser-guided munitions
A Paveway laser-guided bomb, being loaded onto an MQ-9 Reaper during a load crew competition at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. The May 2015 proposals to change ITAR regulations covering the export of many optics and photonics technologies threatened to create a large overhead burden for smaller US-based firms who were not selling into military applications. The latest amendments to ITAR rules by the Department of State have allayed much of that fear, and have been welcomed by SPIE and OSA. Photo: US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen).
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