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De Maiziere defends Euro Hawk position

7th August 2013 - 14:59 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London

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The German defence minister has defended himself against accusations that he failed to identify problems early enough in the doomed Euro Hawk programme, a Bundestag committee has heard.

Thomas de Maiziere appeared before a Bundestag Committee of Inquiry on 31 July, to describe how he was not informed of programme problems. He also passed blame onto cabinet colleagues, claiming that they did not inform him of the extent of the programme's problems, a Bundestag statement explained. 

The minister claimed ignorance regarding the scale of the problems within the programme but admitted that he had received written information regarding certification problems.

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Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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