24.12.2019

First ever UAS strike by France

French Army Carries Out First-Ever Drone Strike During Mali Op – link

Source: Defense Aerospace

Just days after having certified its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft to drop GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, the French Air Force made its first operational bomb drop during an operation against terrorists in Mali. (FR AF photo)

Article Headlines

  • France’s MQ-9 had carried out its first ever strike over Mali
  • The strike came just two days after the French army announced it had finished testing the remotely piloted drones for armed operations

Overview & Comments

  • As opposed to the German decision to not go forward at this stage in using armed UAVs, the French are fully committed to the process
  • In March 2019 General Atomics were awarded the 8.9 million USD contract for the weapons integration effort which was already operationally implemented less than a year later
  • France had acquired a total of four MQ-9 systems
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