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Defence written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions UK Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles have launched weapons in Afghanistan since 11 May 2013.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Between 11 May 2013 and 2 September 2013, there were 33 weapon releases from UK Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). All weapon releases were authorised by qualified pilots using the same rules of engagement that our manned aircraft operate by.

A total of 322 missions were flown by UK Reaper RPAS during this period, providing a crucial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

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