The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified that country’s Congress of a possible sale to Italy of two unarmed General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), one Mobile Ground Control Station and associated parts, equipment and logistical support worth approximately $63 million.
Italy requests these capabilities to provide for the defence of deployed troops, regional security, and interoperability with the United States,” the Agency told US Congressmen.
“This program will increase Italy’s ability to contribute to future NATO, coalition, and anti-terrorism operations that the US 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.”