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People pass a Bombardier Global 6000 jet before the start of the 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport on April 10, 2017.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has scrapped a plan to buy Triton reconnaissance drones from Northrop Grumman and instead decided to buy three Global 6000 jets from Bombardier, a government document showed on Tuesday.

The defense ministry told lawmakers in a confidential letter, obtained by Reuters, that the Triton drones would not be ready for delivery until 2025 as promised and that the estimated costs of some 2.4 billion euros ($2.66 billion) could not be financed.