House of Lords written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have for enhancing the capabilities of Watchkeeper by incremental acquisition after its initial entry into service.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

Watchkeeper is expected to be delivered through an incremental delivery programme to allow the system to benefit from both existing and developing sensors and air vehicle technology. The programme will develop from an initial operating capability to a full operating capability with timescales to be set at the main investment decision planned for later this year.

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