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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has delivered a third Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the French Ministry of Defence, the company announced on 29 May.
The initial two Reapers accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours in just over one year, GA-ASI said in a statement. Those aircraft entered the fleet in January 2014. Pilots and sensor operators from Squadron 1/33 'Belfort,' 709 Air Base Cognac-Château Bernard, use the aircraft to provide battlefield situational awareness, combat search and rescue data, and other troop support.
The current Reaper configuration features a 850 lb (386 kg) internal and 3,000 lb external payload capacity.
France plans to procure 12 Reapers by 2019, according to GA-ASI