Defence written question – answered on 17th January 2013.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour Party Deputy Chair; Campaign Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair, Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times (a) Hellfire precision guided missiles and (b) laser guided bombs employed by the UK Reaper remotely piloted air system have fallen outside their given circular error probability since operations commenced in Afghanistan.

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

holding answer 17 December 2012

The Reaper Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) currently employs two types of munitions, the GBU-12 laser guided bomb and the Hellfire AGM114 precision guided missile. Both are highly accurate munitions, and every effort is made to ensure the risk of civilian casualties is minimised. I am withholding further information as its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

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