31 May '17, 5pm

German court approves drone deal over US industry challenge

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — A German court on Wednesday sided with the Berlin government to allow a leasing arrangement of the Heron TP drone to move forward, rejecting a protest by General Atomics over the fairness in competition. The decision means that the German defense ministry can award a contract to Airbus Defense and Space Airborne Solutions to operate five of the drones, made by Israel Aerospace Industries and to be stationed in Israel. The aircraft, intended to augment the Bundeswehr's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, can optionally carry precision weapons, which makes them a highly sensitive project in Germany. The German parliament still has to approve money for the plan, based on a proposal negotiated with Airbus in February. Defense officials are expected to present lawmakers with an appropriations request in June. German media previously...

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