Reaper UAVs hunt terrorists from base in Ethiopia
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Oct 28, 2011
The U.S. Air Force is flying armed Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles on counterterrorism missions from a civilian airport in southern Ethiopia against the Somalia-based al-Qaeda affiliate known as al-Shabab, reports The Washington Post.
The U.S. has paid to upgrade existing facilities at the airfield located at Arba Minch, Ethiopia, so it can house a fleet of UAVs outfitted with Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs. Air Force officials confirmed Oct. 27 that UAV operations are being flown from the remote airfield.
The investment at Arba Minch is part of a continuing effort by the United States to build a constellation of UAV installations in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa to combat al-Qaeda and its affiliates.