> our title:

French Reaper Makes First Flight in Africa

> original title:

First Reaper Flight in Sahel

(Source: French Ministry of Defence; issued Jan 16, 2014)

(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

On Thursday, January 16, one of the two French Reapers deployed to the Sahel since late December made its first flight. The aircraft took off from Niamey and flew for about 40 minutes.

This flight is an indication of the imminent operational introduction of these two MALE drones bought in 2013 to improve French surveillance capabilities in the Sahara-Sahel region.