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 256W, on armed forces: deployment, what the Urgent Operational Requirement is for the five additional UK Reaper aircraft.

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

The purchase of five additional reaper remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) will increase the UK Reaper RPAS capability in Afghanistan, providing additional armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to UK ground forces.

I am unable to provide further details as to do so would prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

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