France Deploys UAVs in Mali

This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew)

France will deploy its first U.S-made unarmed surveillance drones to West Africa by the end of the year.

MQ-9 Reaper (U.S. Air Force)
MQ-9 Reaper (U.S. Air Force)

France’s military intervention in Mali in January exposed its shortage of surveillance drones suitable for modern warfare. This has forced it to rely on the United States to provide French commanders with intelligence from drones based in neighboring Niger.

iHLS – Israel Homeland Security

AUS&R-2014  650x80

Paris said in June it would buy 12 Reaper reconnaissance drones built by privately owned U.S. Firm General Atomics to eventually replace its EADS-made Harfang drones (jointly made by the French company and Israel Aerospace Industries).