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France begins process of arming Block 5 Reapers

29 October 2019
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France has begun the process of arming its Block 1 Reapers (pictured), and a contract has now been placed to do the same for the Block 5 vehicles to be delivered from 2020. Source: French Air Force

France has begun the process for arming its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with a weapon integration contract awarded on 25 October.

The contract for the France MQ-9 Block 5 weaponisation and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) pod integration effort was awarded to GA-ASI by the US Department of Defense (DoD) acting on behalf of the French government.

According to the DoD, the work is valued at USD17.87 million and will run through to 30 November 2021.

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