Armed Forces: Autonomous Weapon Systems

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they are spending each year on research into autonomous weapon systems.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The MoD's science and technology programme does not fund research into fully autonomous weapon systems, and no planned offensive systems are to have the capability to prosecute targets without involving a human in the command decision-making process.

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