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COLOGNE, Germany — The German government has canceled plans to buy Northrop Grumman-made Triton drones to the tune of $2.5 billion, opting instead for manned planes carrying eavesdropping sensors.
The decision to buy Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft comes after officials became convinced that the Global Hawk derivatives would be unable to meet the safety standards needed for flying through European airspace by 2025, a target date for Berlin’s NATO obligations.
A defense ministry spokeswoman told Defense News the Triton option had grown “significantly more expensive” compared with earlier planning assumptions.
The Germans intended on using the MQ-4C Triton drones to carry the planned sensor package, but the Germans soon became concerned that the Triton would not be certifiable for European airspace by 2025, which is a key date to get the system online in order to meet NATO commitments.
Their hopes became dashed as a related drone the Italians were purchasing had a number of restrictions slapped on it for flights over Europe. Instead, the Germans are turning towards a manned platform, and will purchase Bombardier Global 6000's for the role and fit them with the planned sensors.