France is looking to purchase 16 MQ-9 Reaper Hunter/Killer Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) from the United States of America under a deal worth $1.5 billion. France also plans to purchase 8 Mobile Ground Control Stations (GCS), 24 Satellite Earth Terminal Substations and 40 AN/DAS-1 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (MTS)-B alsong with other subsystems.

The MQ-9 Reaper is a long-endurance, high-altitude hunter/killer unmanned aerial vehicle which has max speed of 480 kilometer per hour and operational ceiling of 25,000 feet and an endurance of 14 hours when fully loaded with weapons. It can carry upto 14 AGM-114 Hellfire air to surface missiles or 4 Hellfire missiles alsong with 2x 500 lb GBU-12 Paveway II / GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).

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