Unmanned Air Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 29th November 2012.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Watchkeeper and Reaper planes to begin active service in the RAF.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The date when Watchkeeper, which is in the final stages of flight trials, will enter service with the Army has yet to be determined. The Ministry of Defence remains committed to deploying it to Afghanistan at the earliest opportunity. Reaper entered service with the RAF in 2007.

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