8.5.2020

US military lose second drone in Niger

US military lose second drone in Niger – link

Source: Defence Talk

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  • “A remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) was lost near Agadez, Niger, April 23,” US Africa Command said in an email to AFP
  • “U.S. forces secured the RPA on April 24. Reports indicate the RPA experienced mechanical failure. The RPA was not lost due to any hostile action,” it said
  • A drone crashed in the Agadez region on February 29, the US military announced after that loss, saying that the incident was also due to mechanical failure
  • Niger has given the US permission to base armed drones on its soil
  • The US presence in Niger was revealed on October 4, 2017, when four US soldiers and five Nigerien troops were killed in an ambush by fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group
  • The Agadez base was completed last year at a cost around $100 million. Earlier this year, its closure was reported to be among options being considered by the Pentagon to reduce the US military presence in Africa

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