January 28, 2020 / 12:21 PM / 20 days ago

Germany to buy Bombardier jets instead of Northrop reconnaissance drones - document

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has scrapped a plan to buy Triton reconnaissance drones from Northrop Grumman (NOC.N) and instead decided to buy three Global 6000 jets from Bombardier (BBDb.TO), a government document showed on Tuesday.

The defence ministry told lawmakers in a confidential letter, obtained by Reuters, that the Triton drones would not be ready for delivery until 2025 as promised and that the estimated costs of some 2.4 billion euros ($2.66 billion) could not be financed.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Thomas Seythal

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