A German court has allowed the defense ministry’s plans to lease armed drones from Israel Aerospace Industries, dismissing the General Atomics’ legal challenge that the procurement was flawed.
The court has cleared the way for the drone program to go ahead, Reuters reported Wednesday.
Last year Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the army would lease Heron TP drones for about 580 million euros ($652 million) instead of buying Predator B drones from General Atomics or Switzerland's RUAG, prompting protests by both firms.
General Atomics took its fight to Germany's anti-trust regulator and then to court, "to ensure that this procurement is conducted as a fair and open competition; thereby ensuring that the German Ministry of Defense procures the technologically superior and cost-efficient solution."
The higher court in Duesseldorf that dismissed the complaint on Wednesday was the final arbiter in the case. "The ruling was effective immediately and meant that Germany can now procure drones as it had planned." Judge Heinz-Peter Dicks said.
Von der Leyen took office in late 2013 vowing to rebuild the military after 25 years of spending cuts, but her three biggest arms programs - a 5 billion euro missile defense program, a new drone and the multi-role MKS 180 warship - have all been delayed in recent months.
The drone leasing plan has been intended as an interim measure until the EU has developed its own drone. Germany, France, Italy and Spain plan to jointly develop a drone by 2025.
The German Air Force has requested for classified data regarding Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet for evaluation of possible solutions to replace its aging Tornado multi-role combat aircraft. The application states that the German defense ministry would carry out an in-depth evaluation of market available solutions including the F-35, later this year
Germany is denying clearance to Rheinmetall for few defense trades with Turkey amid a row over campaign appearances by Turkish officials in pursuading support for a referendum that could boost President Tayyip Erdogan's powers. "The German government is currently denying clearance for some export contracts", Rheinmetall Chief Executive Armin Papperger told reporters on Thursday after the release of its full-year results
German government has rejected over 10 arms export contracts to NATO partner country Turkey on the basis of protecting human rights. According to German government figures, the federal government rejected eleven individual arms shipments starting November 2016, compared to only eight between 2010 and 2015, Deutsche Wellle German Radio reported Wednesday citing another German daily "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (SZ)
Germanys second F-125 frigate class ship Nordrhein-Westfalen has completed builders test. From 27 January to 4 February 2017, the new vessel demonstrated its navigation characteristics and naval engineering functions, Unified Armed Forces of Germany announced last week
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) following its flight through multiple classes of non-segregated airspace. The MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flew from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz
General Atomics has announced that the US Navy successfully executed its first at-sea aircraft launch and recovery events aboard the newly commissioned aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 28 July, using GA-EMS Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG)
Dronefence, a developer of drone tracking and security systems has received seed funding to detect unsanctioned drones so that the UAVs can be apprehended. The funding has been received from Larnabel Ventures, a fund founded by the Gutseriev family, VP Capital, a technology-focused investment vehicle founded by Viktor Prokopenya, Boundary Holding led by Rajat Khare, and the Technology and Business Consulting Group led by Pushkar Lugani, the company said in a statement Monday
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