Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th 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, on how many occasions the United States Air Force has used a Royal Air Force Reaper Remotely Piloted Air System in Afghanistan in each year; how many times it released weapons; and what weapons were released.

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

Outside of the Launch and Recovery phase only UK personnel operated UK Reaper aircraft in Afghanistan.

UK and US personnel operated both nation's Reaper aircraft as part of the Launch and Recovery phase. Information on the number of occasions that USAF personnel did so is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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