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France Receives First Two Reaper UAVs

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Handover of the Reaper Drone System

(Source: French Ministry of Defence; issued Dec. 19, 2013)

(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

France has taken delivery of its first Reaper system, comprising two unmanned aircraft and a ground station, and will shortly deploy it to Central Africa’s Sahel region. This is the first photo of a Reaper with French air force markings.(DGA photo)

On Wednesday, Dec. 18 the French defense procurement agency, DGA, took delivery in the United States of the Reaper drone system, consisting of two remotely-piloted aircraft, a ground station and related equipment.

The handover was managed by DGA in cooperation with the US Air Force, the French air force, and representatives of the manufacturer, General Atomics.

The system will be very shortly deployed to the Sahel region in Africa. Over the coming months, DGA and the French air force will gradually stand up the system and its support environment as well as implement improvements to technical aspects of intelligence data processing.