Germany has decided it will not purchase Euro Hawk reconaissance drones because meeting the standards required to win aviation approval would cost 500 million to 600 million euros, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Even if it committed such funds, there would be no guarantee of securing final approval, the report added.
German armed forces currently operate one prototype Euro Hawk and were considering to buy four drones from EADS and Northrop Grumman.
Germany had earmarked 1.2 billion euros for the purchase and development of the drones, the report said.
The German ministry of Defense will have to spend US $709 million (648 million euros) for the purchase of US Triton drones as an alternative to the German Euro Hawk Drones. The acquisition of three Tritons will cost Germany more than the money spent on developing the Euro Hawk
Germany will revive the $1.5 billion high-altitude reconnaissance drone Euro Hawk project, media reports said Saturday
The German defence ministry is planning to purchase 143 Eurofighter jets instead of the original 180, according to various media reports. The ministry of defense officials informed the parliament's defence committee about the decision Wednesday, according to the DPA
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