Jul 3, 2014
German Defense Minister Favors Armed Drones
She suggested the parliament decide on their deployment and armament, and if they will be used for combat missions. While emphasizing that parliament would not vote on equipment for the troops, she pointed out that the parliament is deciding on the legitimacy of close air support.
Germany only uses UAVs for reconnaissance missions. For Afghanistan the Bundeswehr has leased some Heron type UAV systems. During missions those are operated by military personnel. However, this contract will expire in a few month.