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First French UAS "Ripper" deployed in Africa

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First French UAS "Ripper" deployed in Africa

First unmanned aviation Ripper systems (ALS) manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, received by the French Air Force, are deployed in the Sahel (African region, including Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan and Eritrea) to support the French forces in Mali, reports ARMS-TASS.


The decision to purchase the Rippers was made and formalized by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the middle of 2013, and by the end of that month, the first systems arrived in the country. According to the General Delegation for Armaments of France DGA, each UAS includes one ground control station (NSS) and two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a long duration of the flight.

At the end of November 2013, two months after the first training flight of the UAV, the preparation of the first group of BAS Ripper operators of the French Air Force was completed. The training was conducted with the participation of the United States Air Force at Hollown Air Base (pc. New Mexico).

At this stage, the devices are purchased by France in the unarmed configuration. They will be used to perform the tasks of observation, collection of information and intelligence. Le Drian last year announced plans to purchase the Ripper 12 UAV.

General Atomiks, meanwhile, also intends to supply one RASS as one of four UAVs and one Netherlands NSO. This country announced its intention to acquire this unmanned system at the end of last year. As envisaged, the operation of "rippers", also not equipped with weapons, the Dutch sun will begin with the 2016 year.
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  1. makarov
    makarov 10 January 2014 11: 29
    +1
    extra evidence of the return of the French to the African continent. See the kings of Europe felt.
    1. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 10 January 2014 11: 49
      +2
      Distract the French from existing and emerging problems ... a small victorious war ...
      1. AVV
        AVV 10 January 2014 15: 58
        +1
        The French at home can’t bring order, but everything is the same !!! The past of the colonial power is felt, just like the British and Americans !!!
        1. APASUS
          APASUS 10 January 2014 19: 58
          +2
          Quote: AVV
          The French at home can’t bring order, but everything is the same !!! The past of the colonial power is felt, just like the British and Americans !!!

          It’s just that the French do not want to be late for the division of the African pie. Despite the fact that they play an important role in the Sahel.
  2. RuslanNN
    RuslanNN 10 January 2014 12: 00
    +1
    ShturmKGB
    Distract the French from existing and emerging problems ... a small victorious war ..

    It would not have turned out for the French their Afghan
  3. Chicot 1
    Chicot 1 10 January 2014 12: 05
    +4
    Quote: makarov
    proof of the return of the French to the African continent

    In general, the French did not leave from there. But the fact that they have intensified and are trying to expand their zone of influence, yes, no doubt ...
    Quote: makarov
    see the kings of Europe felt

    The French feel like kings or not kings, I don’t know the right word, but the fact that they, together with Germany, carry an amorphous and loose carcass called the European Union, that's for sure ...
    ShturmKGB
    Distract the French from existing and emerging problems

    The reception is old and battered. And well-known to everyone. Nevertheless, it always works ...
    ShturmKGB
    small victorious war

    Africa does not like "small victorious wars", as a rule, turning them into protracted conflicts, in which over time they are fighting not in order to win, but because war has already become a habit and has become a norm of life and even a kind of habitat .. ...
  4. propolsky
    propolsky 10 January 2014 12: 13
    +2
    Pay attention to the background, IL-76 pinned there is the achievement of the human mind, help our airlines see France for certain amounts of euros.
  5. kelevra
    kelevra 10 January 2014 19: 12
    +1
    The French are completely insolent, spit on everything and everyone and climb into Africa, as if it were still their colony!
    1. alone
      alone 10 January 2014 22: 03
      -1
      Otherwise, the region will fall into the hands of jihadists from an al-Qaeda cell. In northern Africa, the position of jihadists is strong.
  6. voliador
    voliador 11 January 2014 00: 08
    0
    Let's see when we get these.