Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

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Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

Post by linecrew » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:44 pm

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germ ... SKCN1Q91IH
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry is evaluating a bid from Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone that has been parked at a German air base for years after the cancellation of the Euro Hawk program in 2013, with a further bid possible from NATO.

Canada has submitted a formal bid for the prototype aircraft, which was stripped of key equipment and demilitarized by the United States in 2017, a ministry spokesman said on Wednesday without providing further details.

NATO, which is buying its own fleet of Northrop drones, is also considering a bid for the mothballed German aircraft but has not yet submitted it, said sources familiar with the process. NATO had no immediate comment.

There was no immediate reply from the Canadian government.

A sale of the drone would end an embarrassing chapter that raised concerns about the German military’s procurement process and triggered the transfer of former Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere to another cabinet post.

Berlin told lawmakers last year that it had spent about 700 million euros ($793.5 million) on the Euro Hawk prototype, and the ISIS surveillance system built by Airbus.

Berlin initiated plans in 2000 to buy five Euro Hawk drones based on Northrop’s Global Hawk unmanned system at a cost of about 1.2 billion euros but later canceled the program because of cost overruns and problems obtaining certification for use in civilian airspace in Germany.

It had only received the one prototype aircraft that is now being sold.

Berlin is now negotiating with Northrop to buy several MQ-4C Triton drones for delivery after 2025. Northrop last year said the process could take years to complete.

German opposition lawmaker Andrej Hunko, a member of the radical Left party, said the government had declared the aircraft incapable of flight after the U.S. Air Force removed U.S. built radio equipment and other key systems when it demilitarized the aircraft in 2017.

“The airplane has salvage value at best,” he told Reuters.

“Any proceeds from the sale would be a drop in the bucket, compared with the huge amounts spent on the program.”

For NATO, the drone could provide additional support to the fleet of five high-altitude unmanned Global Hawk planes it agreed to buy from Northrop in 2012 for $1.7 billion, along with transportable ground stations.

Industry officials said the Euro Hawk saga underscored problems in military procurement, noting that NATO’s sister aircraft regularly traverse German air space to conduct surveillance missions over the North Sea. They also have no blanket approval for use in German civilian airspace but use case-by-case permissions from air traffic authorities.

It was not immediately clear what steps would be needed to return the Euro Hawk prototype to flight.
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Re: Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

Post by Liftdump » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:49 am

Perhaps we could buy a fleet of them and haul crude oil from McMurray to the West coast.
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Re: Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

Post by Spokes » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:35 am

What is it with the constant stream of used hardware that our military seems to be getting?
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Re: Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

Post by SkySailor » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:50 am

Spokes wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:35 am
What is it with the constant stream of used hardware that our military seems to be getting?
The wisdom of your elitist government.
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Re: Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

Post by Liftdump » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:20 pm

The subs were a great buy.
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Re: Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

Post by rigpiggy » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:12 am

We didnt Buy the subs it was a horse trade for the bases, we did however have to buy all the technical package from BAE, and then pay for a refurb. Politicians shouldn't be allowed near military spending. Give the Generals a budget, then got out of the way.
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Re: Canada bids for mothballed prototype drone from Germany

Post by Liftdump » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:53 am

Most Canadians know the sad story of Canada's second-hand submarines. Purchased from Britain in 1998 for a suspiciously low price, the four vessels have spent most of the last fifteen years being refitted and repaired.



Sorry I know nothing about the military,this was however in the Globe and Mail witch I assume is where the average Joe may get this intel.
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