Aircraft Carriers: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 18th July 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what funding has been (a) approved and (b) considered for the development of an additional unmanned air systems capability for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which unmanned air systems (UAS) are planned to operate from the Queen Elizabeth class carriers from initial operational capability; and whether he intends to conduct a review of UAS that could be marinised and deployed on those carriers.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The priorities for integration into the carriers at the initial operating capability in 2020 remain F-35B Lightning, Maritime Force Protection Helicopters (Merlin Mk2 ASW/Crowsnest) and Battlefield Helicopters. With a planned life of around 50 years, we will continue to review the capabilities to be integrated into the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers in line with other Defence investment priorities at the appropriate time.

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