February 20, 2019 / 5:21 PM / 8 months ago

CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-Canada bids to buy Euro Hawk surveillance drone from Germany

(Corrects first and second paragraph after ministry says bid was received from Canada, not NATO)

BERLIN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry on Wednesday said it is evaluating a bid from Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone that has been parked at a German air base for years after the cancellation of the Euro Hawk programme in 2013.

A ministry spokesman said a formal bid had been received from Canada for the prototype, which was demilitarised by the U.S. military in 2017, but gave no details. The Canadian embassy in Berlin had no immediate comment.

NATO was also considering bidding for the drone, but had not yet submitted it, according to sources familiar with the process.

The German government spent around 700 million euros on the Euro Hawk prototype built by U.S. arms maker Northrop Grumman and the ISIS surveillance system built by Airbus .

It cancelled the Euro Hawk programme in May 2013 due to soaring costs and problems getting the system certified to fly in Europe. It now is planning to buy several MQ-4C Triton drones from Northrop for deliveries after 2025. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal, editing by Riham Alkousaa)

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