Unmanned Air Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what the cost has been of the Hermes 450 programme to date; and what the projected future costs are of that programme; [R]

(2) what the cost has been of the Watchkeeper programme to date; and what the projected future costs are of that programme. [R]

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

To the end of financial year (FY) 2012-13 the total spend for delivering and sustaining the Hermes 450 capability on operations was £165 million against a total financial approval of £214 million.

To the end of FY 2012-13 the total spend on the Watchkeeper programme was £831 million. The current financial approval for the Watchkeeper programme is £1.035 billion for equipment acquisition and initial in-service support.

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