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Sunday 4 July 2021

France called on to increase its fleet of combat drones

 France called on to increase its fleet of combat drones 

 

 

France called on to increase its fleet of combat drones

A Senate report indicates that France must urgently prepare to cope with the increase in the drone phenomenon, particularly in a defensive context. Drones are increasingly used in wars. In its report called "Preparing for the drone war: a strategic issue", the Senate Defense Committee noted the use of drones in France and around the world. In France, the number of drones, mostly civilian, has increased from 400,000 in 2017 to 2.5 million today, thus France is called upon to make the fight against drones a priority. And elsewhere, some countries have become major producers of these small devices which can be very dangerous. The report's authors say countries like Israel, China, Turkey and Iran have embarked on the large-scale production and export of these "cheap" drones. As a result, France is called upon to "acquire a similar capability of inexpensive and expendable drones, such as armed or unarmed microdrones, and attack drones. The document nevertheless praises the acquisition by France of small contact drones, stating that 210 Drop nanodrones and 67 NX 70 microdrones have been delivered since 2019, and that 150 Anafi microdrones from Parrot intended for the three armies have just been ordered. , with a target of 900 in 2025. The report indicates that France must absolutely increase its fleet of drones and be able to protect itself against attacks. "Since 2019, capacity catching up has been underway: the armed forces will have several thousand drones by 2025, compared to only a few dozen four years ago," says the document, a copy of which AFP has obtained. In 2020, 58% of strikes in the Sahelo-Saharan strip were carried out by Reaper drones, armed since the end of 2019. The Eurodrone program, which aims to replace the Reaper from 2028, is "finally on track" after a long period of negotiations with German, Spanish and Italian partners. During the last conflicts recorded in the world in 2020, drones made their appearance in force, in particular in the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, in Libya in 2019, or even in Syria.

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