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Watchkeeper

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 making Watchkeeper available to warships of the Royal Navy.

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

We expect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be a joint capability for the joint battlespace supporting a network enabled capability. At this stage we envisage them operating primarily within the land environment but we are exploring the wider operational untility of UAV systems in the joint battlespace, including the maritime environment, through the joint UAV experimentation programme (JUEP).

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