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German parliament committee backs Israeli drones leasing plan
Germany's parliamentary budget committee on Wednesday backed plans by the military to lease Israeli-built Heron-TP surveillance drones in a deal valued at around 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion), committee sources said.

 

The deal had run into resistance last year from the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition, because the drones could be armed in the future.

 

The German military currently uses a different model of Heron drones that cannot be armed.

 

Merkel's conservatives and the SPD agreed in a new coalition accord in February to lease the drones, built by Israel Aerospace Industries, through 2027, but to defer a decision on any future arming until after parliament had debated the issue.

 


First published: 06.13.18, 20:55