Germany plans to deploy armed drones

The German Air Force currently leases the unarmed Heron 1 drone from an Israeli consortium. This is set to change, with the federal government stating that armed drones are necessary “in order to provide protection against sudden and serious changes in the situation”, according to a document obtained by the Left Party’s official inquiry.

As opposed to unarmed surveillance drones, these aircraft could attack known targets in a “quick, precise and scalable” way, the document stated. “In addition, the new features would confront opposing forces with a permanent and unpredictable threat that would limit their ability to act.” It went on to say that the weapons boost safety and security through “credible deterrence,” pointing to the “Predator” drones used by the United States as a possible model.

Spiegel Online.

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