NATO: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 1st December 2021.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Party Chair, Labour Party, Chair of Labour Policy Review, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) image analysts, (b) mission planning staff, (c) UAV pilots, (d) maintenance personnel and (e) other RAF personnel have been deployed to (i) Sigonella, Sicily, and (ii) other overseas bases in connection with flights of the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) System in each of the last two years.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

No image analysts, mission planning staff, UAV pilots or maintenance personnel have been deployed to Sigonella, Sicily or other overseas bases. One individual in the remaining category, other RAF personnel, deployed to Sigonella, Sicily in August 2021 on an enduring basis as part of UK routine support to NATO.

A small number of personnel have also deployed to conduct training for a short time only.

No personnel have been deployed to other overseas bases.

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