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Spain Clears Acquisition of Four MQ-9 Reaper UAVs

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Budget Review for the Acquisition of MALE RPAs and Meteor Missile Program

(Source: Spanish Government Cabinet; issued Oct 30, 2015)

(Issued in Spanish; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

The Cabinet has agreed to modify the limits of budgetary implementation and annuity amounts to allow the Ministry of Defense to acquire a system of medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) remotely piloted aircraft (RPAS), and the reprogramming of the 2016 annuity of the Meteor missile program.

To meet the operational needs of the Armed Forces and to have a continued Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability based on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (called RPAS, or Remoted Pilot Air Systems) they have opted for a medium-term solution with the acquisition of an existing MALE RPAS, already available on the market.

The selected option is a system comprising four Reaper MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, along with two mobile MGCS-Mobile Ground Control Stations, the required sensors for operation, communications equipment and support services.

The total cost of acquiring a system is 161 million euros, with funding of 50 million euros carried over from 2015. The remaining 111 million euros will be paid out in five annual installments in 2016-2020 inclusive.

Meteor missile

The program for the production Meteor missile, whose programming annuity was authorized by resolution of the Council of Ministers of 23 December 2009, is aimed at acquisition of one hundred missiles with related equipment to be supplied in the period 2013-2016.

The Defense Ministry has seen fit to stagger deliveries, which will extend the life of the missiles (staggering maintenance and obsolescence of components, enabling higher availability of missiles at all times and minimizing the number of missiles that will have to update later), and also will match deliveries and integration onto Eurofighter. This leads to reschedule the 2016 annuity of 37,251,961.00 euros for this program.