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MidEast in talks with Boeing unit for up to 150 drones

Each potential sale consists of six Institu ScanEagle surveillance drones and four Institu Interceptor drones.
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by Shane McGinley

Middle Eastern countries are in talks with a unit of the Boeing Company to buy up to 150 drones, a senior executive has revealed.

Institu, a subsidiary of the US planemaker, currently has “between 12 and 15 active pursuits right now in the region,” MarkRussell, the company’s business development manager told reporters.

Each potential sale consists of six Institu ScanEagle surveillance drones and four Institu Interceptor drones.

While Russell declined to name which countries are currently in talks, it is believed that the ScanEagle drones are already in use in Yemen, Iraq and Tunisia.

The majority of sales are carried out through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales programme.

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