The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 28 January that it had decided to switch from an unmanned to a manned platform for its Persistent German Airborne Surveillance System (PEGASUS) programme to provide Signalerfassende Luftgestützte Weiträumige Überwachung und Aufklärung (signal collection airborne broad-area surveillance and reconnaissance, SLWÜA) capabilities.
The ministry said the Triton high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a German mission system would not meet the NATO requirement for a SLWÜA initial capability by 2025 and would be "considerably more expensive".
The MoD said it had decided in favour of a business jet as a manned platform for SLWÜA after a market analysis and examining different options.
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