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)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.