The German air force will start operating Heron unmanned aircraft in Afghanistan in March 2010 under a newly signed fee-for-service agreement. The German defense ministry has signed a contract with Rheinmetall — which is working with Heron maker Israel Aerospace Industries — to provide the medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft. The contract calls for two Heron systems to be used, each comprising three air vehicles. The contract value was not disclosed. Rheinmetall says ...


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