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


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