Capable of fitting in a soldier’s hand, the drones, made in the United States, have been sold internationally, including to U.S. government agencies, and police and fire departments.
In December, the U.S. Air Force 60th Security Forces Squadron announced the use of its first drone-based perimeter security system, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
The French defense ministry announced the contract, which includes maintenance and training, on Wednesday. The cost was not announced.
A statement from the company emphasized that the drones have no Chinese content, and noted their low noise signature, inaudible from 426 feet.
France has used surveillance drones in missions in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso since 2014, and in 2019 employed laser-guided missiles aboard drones to strike targets.
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