Germany will revive the controversial multi-million Euro Hawk drone project, which was scrapped last year, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has said according to Press Trust of India (PTI). This project which will cost about 1.5 billion dollars will be revived again.
The defense minister while speaking on German television said “we’ve invested a lot in the armed forces’ deployment capability in recent years, so it’s important to me that we don’t now throw the baby out with the bath water.”
This project was riddled with over cost which was a major concern; however in the current situation it is felt that the need for advanced surveillance drone is required. Defense Minister von der Leyen further added “We’ve invested a lot in the armed forces’ deployment capability in recent years, so it’s important to me that we don’t now throw the baby out with the bath water, nonetheless, that must not lead us to close our eyes to the work we have to do on basic operations.”
With many countries taking part in their ongoing struggle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, this new development could prove as a blessing in disguise. If this project becomes successful then the surveillance on groups like ISIS which is threat to both America and Europe can receive much more impetus and cooperation with sharing of intelligence data.
Right now America has the monopoly over drone technology, but if Germany is determined to go ahead and make this project a success then it will certainly change the current strategic environment. Euro Hawk will also give tactical advantage to the German armed forces if they are ever faced with the prospect of getting into conflicts, like the one in Iraq and Syria.
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