Tuesday 22 January 2019
News ID: 52946
Publish Date: 14 May 2018 - 21:23
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German Defense Ministry plans to notify lawmakers shortly about plans to lease Israeli-built Heron-TP surveillance drones, a program that was delayed last year, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told top military officers on Monday.
The ministry had postponed its plan to lease five of the unarmed drones, a deal valued by security sources at around 1 billion euros (880.84 million pounds), amid objections raised by the center-left Social Democrats in the last months of the last coalition government.
Conservatives and Social Democrats agreed in their coalition agreement for the new "grand coalition” to revive the program. Von der Leyen said the required notification would be sent to parliament soon, but gave no details.

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