PARIS – Spain is leaning toward the purchase of the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system (UAS), after weighing the General Atomics-built drone against Israel’s Heron TP. Spain is eying the purchase of four UAS systems, and has proposed €25 million ($28 million) in its draft 2016 defense budget of €5.7 billion for the acquisition. The money is part of a broader purchase plan that will invest €171 million in MALE UAS purchases through 2020, though the first UAS system ...

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