France to arm its MQ-9s

French MQ-9s now operating in Africa will soon be weaponized, Defense Minister Florence Parly disclosed on Sept. 5 during her visit to Toulon.

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Parly said six of the Reapers – to be delivered in 2019 – will be armed first. They will be used against Islamist militants in West Africa. The current six aircraft will be converted by 2020.

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