The French Air Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operational Squadron, with its MQ-1 Predator-like UAVs, supports coalition and International Security Assistance Force operations in Afghanistan from Bagram Air Field. The unit, which is the only such squadron in the French Air Force, has several dozen airmen deployed to Bagram to fly, maintain, and monitor the intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance platforms the French airmen have dubbed “Harfang.” EADS developed the UAV, which is based on an Israeli Aircraft Industry Eagle drone, for the French Ministry of Defense. (Bagram report by TSgt. John Jung)
The Air Force isn’t giving up on its long-frustrated efforts to retire older aircraft, as the department’s leader continues to talk with lawmakers about plans to free up funds for its modernization efforts, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said Nov. 30.