Afghanistan

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many sorties were flown by RAF Reaper Remotely Piloted Air Systems, in Afghanistan in each year since 2008.

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

Holding answer received on 03 December 2014

The number of sorties flown by RAF Reaper Remotely Piloted Air Systems in Afghanistan each year since 2008 can be found in the following table:

Year

Total Reaper Sorties[1]

2008

296

2009

434

2010

759

2011

916

2012

904

2013

907

2014 up to 15 November 2014

1046

Total

5262

The figures for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 show marginal differences from those reported by my hon. Friend the former Minister for the Armed Forces (Mr Robathan) on 5 September 2013 (Official Report, columns 480-481W) following a routine revision to the Air Warfare Centre's operational activity database.

[1] A sortie is defined as a single flight by a single aircraft irrespective of flight duration.

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