French Har­fang UAVS fly 100th sor­tie over Mali


Dur­ing the night of June 5-6, 2013, a Har­fang UAV car­ried out the 100th sor­tie in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Ser­val, France’s cur­rent mil­i­tary mis­sion in Mali. De­ployed since Jan­uary 17 in sup­port of French op­er­a­tions in Mali, the Har­fang de­tach­ment of UAV Squadron 1/33 “Belfort” has flown a to­tal of a lit­tle over 1,600 flight hours, by day and night.

Since the start of op­er­a­tions in Mali, Har­fang drones are reg­u­larly en­gaged in op­er­a­tions sup­port­ing French ground forces. Pro­vid­ing a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the col­lec­tion of in­for­ma­tion on the the­ater through its sen­sors and its per­sis­tence in the area, Har­fang also con­trib­utes to the ac­qui­si­tion of tar­gets by air force and navy air­craft.

The de­tach­ment has taken part in all the dif­fer­ent phases of Op­er­a­tion Ser­val, through­out the en­tire theatre. It has flown over one hun­dred op­er­a­tional flights in a broad spec­trum of mis­sions and has con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the tac­ti­cal suc­cesses of Op­er­a­tion Ser­val.

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