Germany cancels order of MQ-4C Triton drones in favor of Global 6000 aircraft

The news surprised even the most attentive observers of the PEGASUS (Persistent German Airborne Surveillance System) file. According to DefenseNews, citing official German sources, Berlin would have canceled its decision to buy four HALE (High Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-4C Triton drones from the American Northrop-Grumman. The contract, valued at $ 2,5 billion, will ultimately not be signed, the German choice seeming to take the place of a dedicated variant of the Global 6000 business aircraft from Canadian Bombardier.

This announcement, if confirmed, will then close the incredible series of the Q-4 Global Hawk / Triton in Germany, started almost 20 years ago and having already cost more than 700 million euros to German defense, without that one device is never operational. However, if Berlin were to definitively turn the page on the Global Hawk / Triton, the PEGASUS program would not yet be really out of the woods.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is the benchmark HALE platform in the USA. The aircraft is operational in the USAF and within NATO, and has been selected by Japan and South Korea. The naval variant MQ-4C was chosen by the US Navy and Australia.

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