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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Israeli Firm Sells 6 Drones to Switzerland for $250 Million

Hermes 900 UAVThe Swiss Parliament on Monday approved the purchase of six Hermes 900 drones, at a cost of $250 million, from the Israeli manufacturer Elbit Systems.

While the parliamentary decision passed with a 30-12 majority, the minority argued against the drone because it was used by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last summer.

Swiss Defense Minister Ueli Maurer, however, said his country did not purchase the drone from Israel or the IDF, but from a private firm, and that the drones were to be used exclusively for intelligence-gathering purposes.

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