14 Jun '18, 4pm

German lawmakers approve drone deal with Israel

PARIS ― German lawmakers on Wednesday signed off on a proposal to lease five Heron TP drones from Israel, drawing immediate praise from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The $1 billion-plus deal will replace the Heron 1 unmanned aircraft, deployed by the Bundeswehr for surveillance in Afghanistan and Mali, with a weapons-capable successor model. The terms of the parliamentary approval dictate that arming the drones will later require a separate decision by lawmakers. Netanyahu lauded the decision as a “great contribution to the Israeli security industry and to the Israeli economy,” according to a statement distributed by his office. “The giant deal is an expression of the strategic partnership between Germany and Israel and attests to the potential of Israeli industry to contribute to countries such as Germany.” He said the topic of the Heron TP lease, which had been awai...

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