Unmanned Air Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 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 17 March 2014, Official Report, column 504W, on unmanned air vehicles,

(1) in relation to training what the type of training of UK UAS operators carried out in each country was; and what the cost of such training was; [R]

(2) in relation to training what identified the period during which the training of UK UAS operators took place in each host country; where such training took place; and which unmanned systems were used. [R]

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The details of the location, purpose and type of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training by country and UAS flown are as follows:

Country Location in country Type of training System used
UK Salisbury Plain Mission specific training and higher formation training Desert Hawk III
  Salisbury Plain Higher formation training Watchkeeper
  Salisbury Plain Mission specific training Tarantula Hawk
  West Wales Airport Higher formation training Watchkeeper
  Otterburn Mission specific training Desert Hawk III
  Thetford Mission specific training Desert Hawk III
Israel Withheld1 Mission specific training Hermes 450
Jordan Jinaih training area Mission specific training Desert Hawk III
Canada Suffield Mission specific training and higher formation training Desert Hawk III
Kenya Archer Post training area Mission specific training and higher formation training Desert Hawk III
Germany Bavaria Higher formation training Desert Hawk III
USA Camp Roberts, California Mission specific training and higher formation training Desert Hawk III
1 Location withheld for UK personnel security reasons.

Mission specific training was conducted in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. Higher formation training was in support of training for contingency operations. Individual training is also conducted to ensure pilots and commanders are current and competent with the systems to avoid skill fade, and this mainly is carried out in the UK and USA. The cost of the UAS element of training is not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The list of countries also includes Germany. This corrects the answer I gave on 17 March 2014, Hansard, column 504W.

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