AFP: Spain Plans to Buy 4 General Atomics Reaper Drones

ReaperSpain plans to buy four Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles and two ground stations from General Atomics for $27 million as part of a larger five-year, $187 million drone spending program, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday.

The report said the budget for the future purchase is included in the Spanish defense ministry’s 2016 budget.

Spain will be the fifth European customer of the U.S.-made UAV after the U.K., France, Italy and the Netherlands, AFP added.

General Atomics has been working to configure its Reaper drones to meet NATO air worthiness requirements and fly in European airspace by 2019.

Reaper has a 66-feet wingspan, is built to continuously for 24 hours up to an altitude of 45, 000 feet and supports surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

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