U.S. government clears way for sale of spy gear to France — Action News Now

France is seeking to buy about $88 million worth of intelligence equipment from the United States, with the U.S. State Department authorizing a possible sale of eight high-tech drone surveillance systems.

“This proposed sale will support U.S. foreign policy goals and national security goals by helping to improve the security of NATO allies, a vital force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement statement on Friday.

While Congress must give the green light before a deal goes ahead, the military believes the sale of eight sensor pods for the MQ-9 Reaper drone would “Improve France’s ability to respond to current and future threats” and make sure “The readiness of the French Air Force and Space Force.”

Possible sale comes a week after State Department officially recognized Signs another $300 million deal with France “Follow-up contractor logistical support” for the MQ-9 UAV, and “Aircraft Parts, Spare Parts and Accessories” and simulator software, etc.

France received its first order for 16 MQ-9 harvesters back in August 2013, costing some $1.5 billion, and conducted its first operational flight with a drone a few months later.

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