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The Israeli Defence Forces may abandon development of high-tech unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, over concerns with the financing the project. According to reports in the Haaretz newspaper, high-ranking IDF commanders have argued that the spy drone project should be frozen or cancelled. Development of the surveillance drones, which would provide visual intelligence via photos and video, had been considered a high priority for artillery forces since a decision was reached to pursue the technology in 2009. The report came just days after an experimental Heron TP drone crashed in central Israel.