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.


פרסום ראשון: 06.13.18, 20:55