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In Germany, the committee on the investigation of the scandal around the UAV "Evrohouk" began to hear the testimony of witnesses

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In Germany, the parliamentary committee to investigate the circumstances of the scandal surrounding the Evrohouk drone began Monday to hear the testimony of witnesses.


The scandal erupted after it became known on May 14 of the current year that the federal republic would not be able to adopt the Eurohawk UAV for a number of reasons. In particular, it is not equipped with an airspace collision warning system and automatically manages a maneuver, that is, without a command from the ground control center. The presence of such a system is mandatory for flights over the territories of 190 countries members of the International Civil Organization aviation. Thus, it would be extremely difficult for a UAV to reach any “hot spot”.

Moreover, in Germany, it should have long been taken into account that it would also be impossible to use such a drone in the forbidden military zones, since this requires detailed documentation, and the United States does not intend to provide it for security reasons.

In military circles, allegedly, this was known for a long time, however, the project financing program was not stopped in advance, and funds continued to be invested.

The parliamentary committee sets itself the task of finding out exactly when the department learned about the problems, because of which the UAV could not be put into service, what actions followed and how much money was wasted. De Maizier himself indicated that on May 13 he was informed of the need to end the project, and on the same day gave his consent. “Until then, the minister didn’t receive any documents describing problems in adopting the UAV or other problems on this project,” the report said.

The former German defense ministers, Rudolf Scharping and Franz Josef Jung, served as witnesses in the Bundestag committee. With the first, Germany started the Eurohoke project in 2001, and the second in 2007 signed a contract with the American company Northrop Grumman for their production. In addition to the ex-ministers, the former Bundeswehr inspector general Wolfgang Schneiderhan testified. He pointed out that some problems were known in advance, but "no one in one form or another said" that these problems are insurmountable and the project should be stopped.

A total of 31 people, including de Maiziere himself, will appear before the committee before 19 on August.

In the meantime, the opposition’s minister’s criticism of the minister continues, ITAR-TASS reports.

The representative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany on defense Rainer Arnold believes that de Mezier needs to resign, as he "lied to parliament and the public." The fact is that initially the minister noted that the Eurohaw project could not be stopped earlier due to lack of information. The opposition believes that this is not true. "A government spokesman should not do so with the truth," said the Social Democrat, adding that the head of the defense ministry had "lost confidence".

The Eurohawk UAV is capable of detecting the positions of enemy missiles and radar systems and at the same time recording information transmitted through radio and television channels. "Eurohawk" was created on the basis of the Global Hawk drone (Global Hawk), which has been in service with the US Air Force for many years. The wingspan reaches 40 m, the mass is 15 t, the length is 14,5 m. The drone is able to rise to an altitude of 20 km and cover the distance to 6 thousand km without refueling.
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  1. tilovaykrisa
    tilovaykrisa 24 July 2013 10: 57 New
    +1
    ah yay yay, is it really Serdyukov’s hand ??? 500 Lyamov is a trifle, of course, but still)) They have no corruption.
    1. il grand casino
      il grand casino 24 July 2013 11: 09 New
      +5
      Yes, the scale is not the same, of course. Interestingly, the minister will be removed or not. The Germans have this strictly. When I was studying, in the city where I lived (by the way, not small), they took off the mayor because they exceeded speed (on a bicycle) and when it was slowed down by a policeman, he thoughtlessly saying, "Do you even know who I am." To which he replied, something like "Yes, but I have something to one place. Violated? Violated ... and also the burgomaster at the same time, ay-ay-ay." The next day, the mayor was removed. By the way, the case is not rare. There the police fined the president ...
    2. Turik
      Turik 24 July 2013 11: 26 New
      +1
      Here is someone whose hands are not growing from the right places!

      it is not equipped with an airspace collision warning system and automatically maneuvers.

      Any programmer will say that the whole question of maneuvers is to change the program code, but the collision systems were invented 30-40 years ago. Is it difficult to rearrange the unit of equipment?

      And the Germans are called!
    3. Very old
      Very old 24 July 2013 12: 14 New
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      Sneeze at them. We won’t cry about this.
  2. Constantine
    Constantine 24 July 2013 10: 57 New
    +3
    Most likely sawed. As for the device itself, I thought it was smaller, but it turned out to be a huge colossus)
  3. svp67
    svp67 24 July 2013 10: 59 New
    +5
    Listen, but the machine is NOT SMALL, here under good circumstances and with ZU23-2 you will not miss ...
    1. il grand casino
      il grand casino 24 July 2013 11: 05 New
      +1
      Well, if it’s enough for height
      1. svp67
        svp67 24 July 2013 11: 18 New
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        Quote: il grand casino
        Well, if it’s enough for height
        So I say, "under good circumstances ..."
        1. il grand casino
          il grand casino 24 July 2013 11: 19 New
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          Then from it is necessary to shoot down on the territory of Germany, on takeoff)))
          1. svp67
            svp67 24 July 2013 11: 20 New
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            Quote: il grand casino
            Then from it is necessary to shoot down on the territory of Germany, on takeoff)))
            Well, there are many places in the world with a variable landscape - mountains for example ...
            1. il grand casino
              il grand casino 24 July 2013 11: 25 New
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              Here you are right. But my idea with the deployment of our air defense in Bavaria, I also like it)))
              1. svp67
                svp67 24 July 2013 11: 28 New
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                Quote: il grand casino
                Here you are right. But my idea with the deployment of our air defense in Bavaria, I also like it)))

                Well then Moravia, Silesia, Bohemia, .... Prussia, in short, everything is like in the good old "Soviet" times ...
                1. il grand casino
                  il grand casino 24 July 2013 11: 29 New
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                  Well, they just planned the main base point in Bavaria)))
  4. Skipper
    Skipper 24 July 2013 11: 03 New
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    Don't you like it? We will buy drawings and flight copies at cost)))
    It is necessary to somehow help the "fraternal" Germany, suffering from the crisis))
  5. Dart weyder
    Dart weyder 24 July 2013 11: 10 New
    +1
    Chudnenko - it’s very funny))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) And the Germans are not going smoothly in their kingdom)))))))))) )))))))))
  6. Regis
    Regis 24 July 2013 11: 21 New
    +1
    Wow, but it turns out that Germany got its own Serdyukov)
  7. APASUS
    APASUS 24 July 2013 11: 40 New
    +1
    Knowing the Americans how they feel about any kind of keeping their military secrets - what did they even get in touch with them?
    Aircraft release and this flying chip can not?
  8. AVV
    AVV 24 July 2013 11: 41 New
    +1
    It’s good to buy it from the burghers, and our designers will see what to strive for !!! Only bad luck, who will sell it ???
    1. the polar
      the polar 24 July 2013 17: 48 New
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      Quote: AVV
      It’s good to buy it from the burghers, and our designers will see what to strive for !!! Only bad luck, who will sell it ???

      Who needs it, such. It’s immediately obvious that anyhow it is slabby, without any creative thought.
  9. Pon69
    Pon69 24 July 2013 11: 44 New
    +1
    Cool! The German global hawk cannot be exploited, and the Raman Stein probably stands.
  10. B_KypTke
    B_KypTke 24 July 2013 11: 44 New
    +1
    Very remarkable is the fact that the allies in nato seem to be, and the documentation for blah figushki. It is possible, and even in the light of the disclosure of the surveillance of the European partners, it is very likely that there are some bookmarks in the brains of this drone that allow you to remove incoming tactical information regarding the nato partners themselves. Moreover, the relations of seemingly “friends” of the United States and Germany are known to everyone and the case with the German gold reserve demonstrates this once again.
  11. Tuzik
    Tuzik 24 July 2013 11: 54 New
    +1
    I think they simply blame the blame on small officials, and an agreement to "wind up" the American van der Wafer was reached at a higher level. how much did americos receive for the license 499 million euros?
  12. Apollo
    Apollo 24 July 2013 11: 59 New
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    citation-In Germany, on Monday, a parliamentary committee began investigating the circumstances of the scandal surrounding the Eurohawk drone, about 500 million euros were allocated from the state treasury, and as a result it was not accepted for armament.

    Hmm, strides wide interpil on the planet. laughing
  13. seller trucks
    seller trucks 24 July 2013 12: 43 New
    +1
    Quote: Apollon
    Hmm, the interpil strides across the planet.



    Well, it's all the little things compared to the Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche, that's where the cuts
  14. Alexey M
    Alexey M 24 July 2013 13: 53 New
    +1
    Oh, it’s a pity the scope of them is small, only 500 lyamas were written off. Maybe Serdyukov can give them to take over the experience.
  15. Sharingan
    Sharingan 24 July 2013 13: 56 New
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    Amer still well done, they made such an apparatus, it takes envy.
  16. ratuld
    ratuld 24 July 2013 14: 34 New
    +2
    The device is noble !!!
    No question.
    However, Shoigu here recently told the Jews a clever idea - while you are asking for permission to sell your eroplan to us, we ourselves blind even better!
    For some reason, I believe that the Russian planes blind not just better - but MUCH BETTER THAN EVERYTHING.
    So hi.
  17. homosum20
    homosum20 24 July 2013 14: 59 New
    +1
    The difference between .y.s.a.m.i and nato.
    .y.s.sy fly where they want and as they want. NATO (for now) is limited. Skro will pass ("Eurohawk is based on the Global Hawk drone, which has been in service with the US Air Force for many years.")
    But in general it is amazing. Scary.
  18. USNik
    USNik 24 July 2013 15: 07 New
    +2
    A good device for controlling the area over some Libya or Somalia. If you have at least s-125 will be landed instantly. Although, if the amers shove the globalhaw antenna of the AWACS on the back, it may turn out an unpleasant thing ...