In a recent meeting with the House Armed Services Committee, the commander of US Central Command General Mattis stated his intention to hand over drone capabilities to the Afghanistan Government.
“The Afghans do not have that capability yet. It’s one of the enablers that we are trying to build into them before we leave.”
From his statements it is unclear of the drones capabilities, but did shed some light when this transition would take place. In January 2013, rumors surfaced about weapons-capable drones being given to Afghanistan, and the Pentagon assured that the drones would be small and not capable of carrying any type of weapon system.
General Mattis continued on by commenting on the United States involvement in Afghanistan with drones into the foreseeable future.