How many drones were used in Operation Barkhane and the Sahel region?

Maps and details about Operation Barkhane and the 5,100 forces involved also show drones.

But how many were used. Usually it says 3 Reapers.

Images are also posted and interview, “the Reaper drones have become an essential tool for a number of operations carried out by Operation Barkhane against armed terrorist groups in the Sahelo-Saharan strip (BSS). Interview with Lieutenant-Colonel Romain…” Created in 2010 the 1/33 Belfort squadron is key to this. Since the end of 2019, the Reapers have been armed. with payloads that sit on pylons which support the GBU12 bombs guided by laser.

A recent post by the Ministry of the Armed Forces seems to show the US contributing drones;

How does the team work. The article notes the 4-person crew: “consists of a remote pilot (the PAD), a sensor operator (the equivalent of a weapon system officer on a fighter aircraft), a tactical coordinator who is a training intelligence officer and an image operator who is a training image interpreter.”

Why were they armed

France and the US worked together as well reportedly;

Other drones could have been involved;

And also

Of interest, in nearby Mali deployed by Germany:

Operated by Airbus,

Also another drone used in the region;

“IN SERVICE OF PEACE: Thales UK is operating an Elbit Systems Hermes 900 Medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Timbuktu airport in support of the United Nations (UN) Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).”

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