Autonomous Weapons

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Browne of Ladyton Lord Browne of Ladyton Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the relationship between increasing autonomy in weapons systems and cyber security.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Cyber security considerations are an integral part of the development and accreditation of military capabilities. The Ministry of Defence research programme also funds research on cyber security across the range of military capabilities, including those that could have an autonomous element. The United Kingdom does not possess fully autonomous weapon systems and has no intention of developing them.

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