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France arming Operation Barkhane Reaper UAVs

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France is arming its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with Paveway guided bombs for Operation Barkhane operations in Africa. The Armée de l'Air et...

First French UAV air strike in Mali

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France has for the first time conducted an air strike with one of its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles in Mali, days after guided bombs...

US drone shot down in Yemen

A US military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two US officials told Reuters, the...

French Reaper crashes in Niger

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The French military has lost one of its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a crash in Niger. The French Defence Staff said...

US UAV base in Niger to be ready in 2019

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The United States new air base outside Agadez, Niger, will be operational from 2019 when it will be used to carry out...

French Reapers reach 20 000 flight hours in Africa

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France's Reaper fleet stationed in Niger has accumulated 20 000 flight hours in support of Operation Barkhane. The French defence ministry on 30...

Additional French Reapers deployed to Niger

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The French military has taken delivery of another two MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from General Atomics, out of a total...

US using Tunisia as a base for drone operations in Libya...

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The United States has begun using a Tunisian air base to conduct surveillance drone operations inside Libya, the latest expansion of its...

French UAVs exceed 15 000 flight hours in the Sahel

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French unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) deployed in the Sahel as part of Operation Barkhane have accumulated more than 15 000 flight hours. The...

US contracts Boeing to supply Lot 89 Harpoon missiles to Egypt,...

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The US Army has awarded Boeing a $124 606 538 firm-fixed-price contract for the supply of 53 full-rate production Lot 89 Harpoon...

US halting UAV flights from Djibouti?

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The United States has inactivated its only General Atomics MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadron in Africa, raising doubts over the...

US continues with UAV operations in Djibouti

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Despite reportedly considering operations elsewhere, the US military continues to focus on one site for launching drones in Djibouti, maintaining a squadron...

Third French Reaper UAV deploys to Niger

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The French Air Force received its third Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on 7 May, which was then deployed directly to Niamey...

French Air Force Reapers exceed 2 000 flight hours

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The French Air Force's two MQ-9 Reaper UAVs deployed to Mali have accumulated 2 000 flight hours less than ten months after...

US Reaper UAV crashes on landing at airport in Niamey

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An unarmed U.S. Reaper drone crashed on landing at the main airport in the capital of Niger on Monday, damaging the runway...

Britain sends drones to Iraq to join fight against Islamic State

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Britain said on Thursday it was sending armed drones to Iraq to help it fight Islamic State militants and support British Tornado...

France to use unarmed U.S.-made drones to hunt al Qaeda in...

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France will deploy its first U.S.-made unarmed surveillance drones to West Africa by the end of the year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le...

Drone strike kills at least two in Somalia

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A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least two Islamist al Shabaab insurgents driving in a car south of the Somali capital...

Djibouti a growing hub for clandestine US combat operations

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Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is now the United States' busiest Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hub outside the Afghan war theatre, with...

US Air Force flying drones from Ethiopian base

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The US Air Force has been secretly flying armed MQ-9 Reaper drones on counterterrorism missions from a remote civilian airport in southern...

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