France to arm military surveillance drones
September 6, 2017
PARIS (AP) — France is set to arm drones that are currently used exclusively for surveillance and intelligence, a first for the French military, the defense minister said Tuesday.
Florence Parly said the decision will initially apply only to the six unarmed Reaper surveillance drones that France bought from the United States. Most of them, based in Africa's Sahel region, are involved in the fight against Islamic extremists.
Parly did not specify a timeframe for when they would be armed or what kind of weapons would be deployed.
The drones wouldn't become "killer robots," Parly said, stres...