Sep 17, 2009 - Kandahar, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - A US Air Force Reaper (Drone) which is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)seen in a secret location at an air base in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan loaded with Hellfire missiles and guided 500 lb bombs. The Reaper is a hunter-killer UAV and is a larger and newer aircraft than it's predecessor known as a Predator. These aircraft are frequently used to cover Canadian Operations in Kandahar.Years ago this aircraft was originally used for surveillance and eventually was designed to carry weapons systems as it does now. This frequently used aircraft has become a major part of the strategy to destroy militants around Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan. Reporters often refer to these aircraft as "Drones"..(Credit Image: © Louie Palu/ZUMA Press).