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Germany Denies NSA Involvement in EuroHawk

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Euro Hawk May Be Focus of Parliamentary Enquiry (excerpt)

(Source: Der Stardart; published July 24, 2013)

(Published in German; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)


The parliamentary oversight committee of Germany’s Bundestag will, at its meeting on Thursday, also deal with the issue of Euro Hawk. According to a Reuters news story from December 2012, U.S. intelligence was also involved in the development of this drone project for the German Bundeswehr.

A preview of the visit by German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere to manufacturer Cassidian on 10 December 2012 lists the reasons for the 35-month delay in the development of the Euro Hawk. Reference is made not only to the known technical problems or weather-related delays; as justification, the "delayed provision of equipment and components by the U.S. Air Force and the National Security Agency (NSA)" is listed.

Ministry of Defence confirmed NSA Delivery

The German Ministry of Defence confirmed that it had gone to individual components for the delivered from the U.S. carrier system at the NSA supplies. These were considered by the use of testing equipment, communications and cryptographic equipment and personnel.

For the Euro Hawk, the UAV airframe developed by U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman is used as a carrier. The encryption software itself is however developed by EADS subsidiary Cassidian.

Agreement in committee

In addition to the development agreement with the Euro Hawk GmbH, a supplementary agreement was signed with the U.S. Air Force and the NSA, the ministry said.

The Budget Committee of the Bundestag was informed in December 2006 on this contract.

The Ministry had also in a report to the Defence Committee of 5 Listed in June 2013 that on 13 February 2007, a contract with the NSA about the delivery "of various encryption devices" over 230,000 euros and on 17 May 2010, a further contract for the supply of encryption devices in the amount of 460,000 euros had been disclosed.

"That seems clear that apparently a prerequisite for the Euro Hawk was that the NSA should get data from the Euro-Hawk encryption,” the Left Party MEP Jan van Aken said to Reuters.

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