Defence News Weekly 9-15 March

Defence News Weekly 9-15 March
Defence News Weekly 9-15 March

Defence News Weekly Review for the week: 9-15 March 2020

DEFENCE & SECURITY NEWS AT A GLANCE

Europe

EMEA

Asia

Africa

  • Clashes between al Qaeda and the Islamic State on the border between Mali and Mauritania.

America

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Could armed commercial drones replace Reaper UAVs?

The US Air Force is looking for a replacement to the MQ-9 Reaper UAV and wants to explore options ranging from commercial drones built by emerging tech firms to high-end UAVs.

MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-1 Predator (its precursors), have been with USAF in the Middle East for over two decades now providing both real-time ISTAR and the ability to strike targets.

But when we look forward, Reaper UAVs are considered ill-suited to a war with Russia and China. At the same time, the USAF is requiring too much money and manpower to sustain the Reaper programme for continued operations in low-threat environments.

So the question today is, could armed commercial drones replace Reaper UAVs?

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Matteo Natalucci

Matteo Natalucci is a geopolitics expert working as an Editor in London covering all aspects of international affairs and technology. Matteo previously worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, IHS Markit, and Global Data. Get in touch with the author: matteo.natalucci@internationalinsider.org
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