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Sun, 19 Jan, 2014 03:50:19 AM
Delay in supply of drone by Israel Company
FTimes-STT Report, January 19
File picture of drone. Photo AFP - Lehtikuva.
The Finnish army will have to decide in the near future if the deal to buy drones from Israeli company Aeronautics Defence Systems should go ahead because of several months’ delay caused by production problems.
Defence Minister Carl Haglund said time was crucial and exiting the deal, therefore, was one of the options if the Israeli company did not avert the situation.
Finnish language daily Helsingin Sanomat reported on Saturday that army representatives were expected to depart for Israel next week to check whether the drones were under construction as promised.
Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of Interior, The National Police Board and the Finnish Border Guard were to develop a common framework on how to best use the drone services by the end of January.
Sources said the use of drones were presently still limited and had been utilised by the Finnish Defence Forces since the early 2000s for a variety of military tasks. 
The report also said the Defence Forces used unmanned ranger drones for surveillance, intelligence and precision location purposes and was expected to acquire new mini-drones for short range pinpointing of location.
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