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Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:15PM
Germany’s Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere

Germany’s Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere

An armed drone is superior to a manned aircraft in many areas…. We have a gap in our abilities that we want to close." Germany’s Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere
The German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere says his country plans to develop armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to fill “a gap” in the country’s arsenal. “An armed drone is superior to a manned aircraft in many areas.… We have a gap in our abilities that we want to close,” the minister said on Friday. He added that his country would work with France to develop a new generation of remote-controlled armed aircraft. According to reports, the German Defense Ministry currently uses the reconnaissance version of Israeli-produced Heron TP drones in places such as the war-torn country of Afghanistan. This comes as the US military has been using its assassination drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, claiming that it is targeting militants, but civilians have been killed in the assaults. The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush but have been escalated under President Barack Obama. The United Nations has censured the US assassination drone attacks as targeted killings, stressing that the raids flout international law. MAM/HMV