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Bundeswehr wants to buy Reaper-type US fighter / killer drones

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) wrote in a communication to the US Congress on August 1 that the German government was interested in buying five armed Reaper drones. The US military and the British Air Force have been using the drones in Afghanistan since 2007, with "collateral damage" occurring again and again. In addition to Germany, Italy is also interested in buying four of the drones with a total value of up to 330 million US dollars.

The MQ-9 drone, also known as the "Hunter / Killer", is a further development of the Predator, which, equipped with Hellfire missiles, opened up the remote-controlled use of armed drones at the beginning of the Afghan war. Manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the MQ-9 can stay in the air for more than 30 hours, has a range of 6,000 km, and flies at a top speed of 400 km / h and at an altitude of up to 15 km. It can carry four Hellfire missiles and two laser-guided 500-pound GBU 12 / GBU 38 bombs with a load capacity of up to 1500 kg.

As the DSCA reports, in addition to the 5 drones, the Ministry of Defense is interested in five mobile ground stations, one-year maintenance, technical support and staff training. The cost of this is estimated at $ 205 million. Germany is interested in the purchase in order to protect the troops deployed, to ensure regional security and interoperability with the USA. With the purchase, Germany will be able to "make a greater contribution to future NATO, coalition and anti-terrorism operations undertaken by the USA," it says. In addition, Germany could thus grant its troops the same protection as the USA. The drones are likely to be used in Afghanistan.

A request to the Bundeswehr as to whether the message is correct has not yet been answered. According to an AFP report, the Federal Ministry of Defense has denied this: "There are no plans to procure a combat drone for the Bundeswehr," said a spokesman. (fr)

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