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March 21, 2024

French drone taken down by government forces in Central African Republic

French drone taken down by government forces in Central African Republic

A French drone equipped with a grenade launcher, deployed in Moyenne-Sido Central African Republic, was landed by government forces.

On March 14, government forces spotted an unmarked DJI MATRICE 350 RTK drone with a foreign-made grenade launcher near Moyenne-Sido.

Government forces were able to bring the drone down without damage using electronic warfare equipment, and the contents of the drone were investigated in order to determine its origin.

Government forces were able to bring the drone down without damage using electronic warfare equipment, and the contents of the drone were investigated in order to determine its origin.

Immediately afterward, it became clear that the drone was launched by the French military from a military base in Chadian territory, with Moyenne-Sido located on the border with Chad.

From Chad, France uses tactical drones for intelligence missions and combat drones by armed groups for their operations targeting civilians and FACA military posts.

French military movements in Chad on the border with the Central African Republic have particularly intensified in recent weeks. In addition to the military concentration, intelligence activities are also on the rise, with residents of border areas increasingly talking about unmanned flights coming from Chad.

The French are also conducting a disinformation campaign on social media to accuse CAR authorities and Russian instructors of killing Chadian citizens.

By providing tactical drones, the French military is giving armed groups capabilities they didn’t have before. France also continues to spy and gather intelligence on CAR.