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The Heron TP (Eitan) UAV is designed to fly at high altitude on missions spanning over several days.

Germany’s Ministry of Defense is likely to sign a nine-year, one billion euro deal with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Airbus to lease five Heron TP drones (UAVs) in the coming weeks, according to the Globes business news service.

German Social Democratic Party parliament member Fritz Felgentreau, responsible for defense affairs, said, “Germany needs these Israeli UAVs.”

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The drones are produced by IAI in cooperation with Airbus.

The German military wants the Herons for intelligence gathering and support in its various missions around the world until a “Euro Drone” is developed with France, Italy and Spain.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.