The U.S.air base in Niger for armed drones. designed to target militant groups in the region, is months away from becoming operational, VOA reports. At a cost of nearly $100 million, the project is the largest the Air Forcie has ever undertaken. Because of logistical challenges, that initial price tag will soon be dwarfed by the price of operating the facility - about $30 million a year, according to Nick Turse, writing in The Intercept.
U.S. Stepping Up Armed Drone Efforts in Niger
VOA, 26 August 2018
The U.S. Air Force is months away from completing the construction of an air base in Niger for armed drones that will target militant groups operating in the region, a U.S military… Read more »
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