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Spain to Select New MALE UAV Soon

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Spain Plans to Select New Male UAV Soon

(Source: Forecast International; issued August 7; Updated August 10, 2015)

MADRID --- Spain plans to acquire a new medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The competitors for this contract include the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP UAV systems.

The Spanish MoD will spend EUR25 million euros (US$27 million) in 2016 on this program. The program will cost EUR171 million (US$188 million) between 2016 and 2020. Plans call for the acquisition of four air vehicles and two ground control stations, one fixed and one mobile unit, as well as ancillary equipment.

Spain does not plan to arm these UAVs.

The Spanish Air Force has expressed a preference for the Reaper UAV. The Reaper UAV is already in service with the France, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.