The Netherlands is hoping to award a contract in January to increase its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capacity in Afghanistan. The objective is to have the new unmanned aircraft operational in March 2009, which requires a January contract award, the state secretary for defense, Jack de Vries, told the Dutch parliament. The timeline is “very tight,” he warned and any delays would affect operational availability in the combat area. The tactical UAV is supposed to be used to help ...


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