Canada in negotiations to buy £620m German surveillance drone

Germany is in the market to sell a second-hand surveillance drone which cost the country around £620m.

The German defence ministry confirmed that negotiations with Canada are planned, as the Germans seek to sell the UAV without key components it needs to fly.

A Government response from September 19, obtained by Associated Press, details how Germany is not in talks with anyone else with regards to the sale of the drone.

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Officials in the Canadian Embassy in Berlin were unable to comment, with no price or further details of the sale being confirmed by either party as of yet, according to a report by ABC News,

The drone will be bought without a GPS receiver and aerials, as well as all encryption of the flight control system.

Thomas Wiegold runs defence website Augen Geradeaus, he said: “Without GPS navigation and in particular without flight control systems, the drone would hardly be able to fly.”

The lack of equipment led Left Party lawmaker, Andrej Hunko, to describe the drone as now only having ‘scrap value’.

However, despite the lack of equipment the drone has not clocked up much mileage, meaning the Canadians could still view it as an appealing purchase.

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