Watchkeeper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 6 December 2006.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles his Department expects to purchase in the next 12 months; what the cost will be; and what assessment he has made of their likely performance.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

There are no plans to purchase any Watchkeeper vehicles in the next 12 months. The contract for the Watchkeeper system was signed with Thales UK in July 2005 at a value of just over £700 million.

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