4 August 2012Germany, which used unmanned aircraft in warfare during World War Two, should deploy armed drones in its military, its defense minister said.
"A drone is nothing more than a plane without a pilot," Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the daily Die Welt in an article to appear on Saturday.
He said he was in favor of the German armed forces using armed drones, according to an advance copy of the article.
"Planes can be armed so why shouldn't unmanned aircraft be allowed to be armed as well? I don't understand that," he added.
Buying arms has been a sensitive issue in Germany ever since World War Two, when Germany developed unmanned weapons and used them to bomb cities in Britain.