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Afghanistan

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 216079, tabled on 26 November 2014

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.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

8 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.