Satnews Daily
November 24th, 2009

Italy Might Reap Two More MQ-9 UAVs

MQ-9 Reaper UAV The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the U.S. Congress on November 18th of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Italy of two unarmed MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), one Mobile Ground Control Station and associated parts, equipment and logistical support worth approximately US$63 million. Italy is a major political and economic power in NATO and a key democratic partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability around the world.

Italy requests these capabilities to provide for the defense of deployed troops, regional security, and interoperability with the United States. This program will increase Italy's ability to contribute to future NATO, coalition, and anti-terrorism operations that the U.S. may undertake. By acquiring this capability, Italy will be able to provide greater protection for its forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. Italy will have no difficulty absorbing these additional aircraft into its armed forces.