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The Israeli fighter drone is to contribute to better protection of the soldiers through higher resolution. That is why the Committee on Budgets is releasing one billion euros.

Fighting drones: Bundestag approves armament-capable drones

The Israeli fighter drone is to contribute to better protection of the soldiers through higher resolution. That is why the Committee on Budgets is releasing one billion euros.

Fighting drones: Bundestag approves armament-capable drones

The Bundestag has approved procurement of five fighter drones. The members of Haushaltsausschussesbeschlossen are renting five HeronTP-type Israeli fighter drones for about one billion euros. This gives Luftwaffeerstmals unmanned aircraft, which can also carry weapons. The armament itself is to be decided after appointment in coalition agreement "after extensive international constitutional undethischer assessment". The maintenance is to take over Airbus.

"This is an important signal of Bundestagesan his parliamentary army," said Defense Minister Ursula von Leyen (CDU) after meeting. The Heron TP has a higher resolution and can fly furr so that it helps to protect soldiers better. DerInspekteur of Air Force, Lieutenant General Ingo Gerhartz, said: "With this decision we are making EinenQuantensprung in field of unmanned aircraft". With better Aufklärungssensorik and simultaneous longer standing time in air, protection DerSoldaten in use can be substantially improved.

Reconnaissance drones in Mali and Afghanistan

The decision for fighter drones was controversial for many years and is Mundus programme was most controversial armament projects of Bundeswehr. For many years, DieLuftwaffe has been calling for fighter drones to protect its own soldiers in field. Critics argue that remote-controlled aircraft have lowered Hemmschwellezum weapon deployment.

Reconnaissance drones, on or hand, has been setting up Bundeswehr for years, currently Inmali and Afghanistan. They are too small to equip m with weapons. At beginning of 2016, Leyen had refore decided to obtain Heron TP from Israeli manufacturer IAI. It is 14 meters long, has a wingspan of 26 meters, Einegrößere range and can bewaffnetwerden with rockets if necessary.

Left warning against pressure to actual armament

The CDU politician actually wanted to complete Dealim last summer. Shortly before Unterzeichnungdes Treaty, however, SPD in Bundestag blocked project. Majority of Germans is still fighting drones, even opposition is skeptical. Green politician Tobias Lindner asked after committee meeting when planned ethischeDebatte would now be conducted and what results it should bring. The left-Bundestag parliamentarian Tobias Pflüger and Andrei Hunko, on or hand, criticized a first immigrantadmission "automatic killer weapon" and accused SPD of being bent. With drone's armament capability, it will produce actual armament, said Pflüger. In an application, FDP housekeepers demanded that system be procured immediately in an armed state.

The Defense Department wants to conclude contract with Israeli drone operator, armaments group Airbus, Nochdiese Week. The offer binding period expires on 15 June. The lease does not yet include costsfor operation and use of drone, so DasProjekt could exceed billion mark. The Heron TP is intended as a transitional solution until at earliest 2025 European drones are ready to be deployed. The contract for Heron TP is to run until 2027.

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