The United States plans to continue the attacks in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region of Pakistan from the US airbases in Afghanistan after the departure of the US & CIA officials from the Shamsi Airbase.
The Shamsi Airbase was used by the US forces as main airbase for conducing the drone attacks along the Pak-Afghan border region. US forces employ the MQ-1 Predator and
The US officials believe that orders to vacate the Shamsi airbase were designed to calm the Pakistani public down after the ISAF/NATO attack on a Pakistani border check post which resulted in the death of 24 solders of Pakistan army.
The MQ-9 Reaper Hunter-Killer UAV can carry as many as 14 Hellfire missiles air-to-surface missile (ASM) and still stay airborne for over 14 hours. The Reaper can also carry a payload of four Hellfire missiles and two GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs or two GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). In lightly armed configuration, the MQ-9 Reaper can carry a payload of 450 kg and stay airborne for 42 hours at high altitude.