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Belgium began negotiations on the purchase of an American UAV MQ-9B

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The Belgian Defense Ministry, with the permission of the government, has begun negotiations with the American side on the acquisition of MQ-9B UAVs Sky Guardian UAVs, reports TSAMTO.

Belgium began negotiations on the purchase of an American UAV MQ-9B


In October, the Belgian parliament approved a law on military planning, providing for the allocation of € 9,2 billion. In particular, the program included the purchase of two unmanned complexes.

Long duration medium-altitude UAVs will provide the Belgian military with the opportunity to conduct reconnaissance from the air. Earlier, the Sky Guardian UAV had already been chosen by the British Air Force as part of its armament program.

According to the information, each complex consists of 2 drones and a ground control station. The cost of one set is € 180 million. Planned delivery times are 2021 and 2022 years. In the future, it is possible to purchase two more unmanned systems.

At the same time, due to the high cost of the products, the Belgian authorities set a condition for the military department that the devices would have to be operated jointly with one of the NATO countries.

The publication explains that the MQ-9B is the latest version of the multi-purpose complex Predator-B. The UAV will be the first aircraft of this type certified for flights in civilian airspace. It complies with the NATO standard STANAG 4671, the British standard DEFSTAN 00-970, as well as the requirements of the Civil Administration aviation Britain and the USA.

In 2017, the drone set a record for the Predator family, staying in the air for 48 hours. In July of this year, he made a transatlantic flight, departing from North Dakota and landing in the UK at Fairfield base. In 24 hours, the MQ-9B overcame 3760 miles.
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TSAMTO / ga-asi.com
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  1. askort154
    askort154 22 November 2018 15: 35
    +1
    Everyone goes crazy in his own way. Size of Belgium = 117 km. x 317 km. Why do they need a strategic UAV? fool
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana 22 November 2018 15: 44
      +2
      Quote: askort154
      Everyone goes crazy in his own way. Size of Belgium = 117 km. x 317 km. Why do they need a strategic UAV? fool

      You did not pay attention to the fact that the article states that "due to the high cost of products, Belgian authorities set the military department condition that the apparatus should be operated in conjunction with one of the NATO countries".
      Those. this means that which NATO country will need these drones more, that will use them.
      TOTAL The Pentagon will command the use of US-Belgian drones in NATO ..
    2. Topgun
      Topgun 22 November 2018 15: 45
      +1
      specifically, Belgium (separately as a country) does not need an army at all, but looking at Belgium, Slovenia and other Liechtenstein separately has long been a mistake, they are all "west" and they buy equipment because the "west" needs it in case of a "mess" all this American the equipment will start moving and will not be controlled from Brussels (they are just screws and finance the work) ...
      IMHO
    3. donavi49
      donavi49 22 November 2018 16: 04
      +1
      They need to spend money on armaments - otherwise Suzerain will be offended and insist on a painfully greedy vassal. They will use it within the framework of a single command, that is, where they will be needed on a global scale (the whole world) - there they will apply. Can African broads chase. Or follow the Russians in the Baltic.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 22 November 2018 23: 43
        0
        Their contribution to NATO is aviation. Belgium has virtually no ground army.
        But a lot of combat aircraft.
    4. Semurg
      Semurg 22 November 2018 18: 53
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      Quote: askort154
      Everyone goes crazy in his own way. Size of Belgium = 117 km. x 317 km. Why do they need a strategic UAV? fool

      Size, population is small, and can afford 9 yards for a rearmament program. It remains only to envy their standard of living and their level of spending on themselves loved ones.
  2. Fox
    Fox 22 November 2018 18: 41
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    In Belgium, in fact, the headquarters of NATO, if anyone does not know! smile
  3. ochakow703
    ochakow703 23 November 2018 07: 43
    +1
    Lord, why should they? What is no problem in the country? So call Arabs or Ukrainians, there will be fun and peaceful use of money.