In the past two weeks France has been deploying its medium altitude, long endurance ‘’ drones over , operating from Sigonella air base in Sicily. was transferred from Afghanistan to support the n theater of operation.
It was first deployed overAugust 18, 2011. was produced by a partnership between ( ) and . It was delivered to the in 2008 and has been operational since January 2009 in the Afghan theater.
The drones are operated on 15 hour missions, directly from Sicily via satellite link. According to Lt. Col. Sebastian Mazoyer, squadron commander of the 1 / 33 ‘Belfort’ UAV unit. It is equipped with electro-optical and radar sensors, providing intelligence feeds day and night.