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New German spy drone wrecked in test run in Afghanistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, April 1, IRNA -- A new German spy drone failed a test run after colliding with a Transall military aircraft at an air field in northern Afghanistan on March 17, the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel said on Thursday.

It remained unclear as to why the Heron 1 drone which was leased from Israel, began to accelerate again after landing successful at the air strip.

Germany had leased three Israeli-made drones for a total of 110 million euros for its aerial reconnaissance missions in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz where thousands of German soldiers are deployed as part of the NATO-led mission.

Israel had trained German soldiers on operating Heron 1 drones in Afghanistan, a German defense ministry spokesman was quoted saying earlier.

The unmanned Israeli aircraft can fly for up to 3.5 hours and has flying range of
100 kilometers.

Equipped with cameras and infrared as well as radar sensors, Heron 1 has reportedly used by the Jewish state to kill Palestinians in Gaza and the 2006 Lebanon war.

Israel has already signed a 100-million euro lease agreement with Canada to use the drones in Afghanistan.

The Zionist state has used unmanned aircraft since the early 1970s for deadly surveillance and reconnaissance missions in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

Drones have reportedly become such an integral part of Israel's air power that their flight hours now outnumber those of manned fighter jets.

The unmanned aircraft are guided by remote control from the ground.

Because of their small size and relatively low speed, their low-yield missiles can be aimed precisely.

Israel and the US are reportedly the only countries in the world to operate unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, for both surveillance and to fire lethal missiles.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1031969



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