From next year onward, the Spanish military will dispose of drones that can fly for periods exceeding 24 hours and above 10,000 meters altitude
A total of € 171 million it’s set aside for the acquisition of drones in the period from 2016 to 2020 and the military will acquire 4 drones in total. The Ministry of Defence has chosen to procure two different drones: The MQ-9 Reaper produced in the USA and Heron TP produced in Israel.
Until now Spain has only hade smaller drones weighing less than 15 kg available and these have also been used during operations in Afghanistan.
The new drones can fly higher than commercial planes and therefore provide more opportunities. The drones can be equipped with bombs, but Defense Department has stated that the drones will only be equipped with radar systems and other surveillance instruments.