Spanish media has revealed that Morocco is the only Arab and African country to own the drone that was used in the murder of Iranian general El Quds force commander Qassem Soleymani.
Media said the countries that have this type of gear are Italy, Turkey, Morocco, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and the Netherlands, noting that the United States have 93 models.
According to the US Air Force, the MQ-9 Reaper is a multi-purpose, medium-range armed aircraft with long-range flight capability.
The drone is capable of flying 1,150 miles at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet, and is designed to deliver long-range attack strikes, and has features that allow it to strike its targets with extreme precision, most important of these features is its ability to maneuver and hover for a long time, and is characterized by sensitive sensors and a multimode Connection cabin, as well as its delicate weapons.
The MQ-9 Reaper, weighing 4,900 pounds, is also capable of conducting surveillance and reconnaissance missions, assisting in search and rescue missions and letting US forces “wage an irregular war”, according to US Air Force.
The drone is remotely piloted by a pilot and a sensor operator, and each costs around $ 16 million. In September 2015, the Air Force had 93 Reaper MQ-9 aircraft in its arsenal.