Unmanned Air Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2013, Official Report, column 255W, on Afghanistan, what the number, squadron and rank is of each US Air Force personnel manning UK Reapers on non-UK missions outside the launch and recovery phase.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

UK Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) assets which are tasked by the ISAF Joint Command to support ISAF forces on the ground. This includes supporting both UK forces and UK coalition partners. In all cases, UK Reaper RPAS are operated in line with UK procedures and rules of engagement.

Outside of the launch and recovery phase, UK Reaper RPAS have always been operated by UK pilots.

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