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The American manufacturer General Atomics offered Ukraine to sell two Reaper MQ-9 combat drones for a dollar. According to The Wall Street Journal, the preparation of drones for military operations and delivery will cost Kyiv about $10 million, and maintenance – another almost $8 million per year.
In addition to drones, the Ukrainian military will receive a UAV ground control station.
The proposal was conveyed by General Atomics CEO Linden Blue to Ukraine’s military attaché in Washington last week. The White House, which must approve the deal, declined to comment, as did the Ukrainian authorities.
General Atomics spokesman Mark Brinkley said the company is not commenting on specific deals but believes Kyiv needs drones like the Reaper. “General Atomics has been discussing the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces with their government for many months now and remains committed to supporting them in any way possible,” Brinkley said.
General Atomics is offering Ukraine an older version of the Reaper, the MQ-9A Block 1, worth several million dollars apiece.
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