To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2015, Official Report, column 687W, whether his Department is carrying out a strategic review of the use and effects of remotely piloted air systems in Afghanistan following the end of combat operations in that country.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
3 February 2015
We have learnt a variety of lessons on the operation of the UK's Air assets (including Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) through their use in Afghanistan. We will want to look at lessons that can be learned from the campaign more broadly, but our recent focus has been on a successful drawdown from the ISAF Combat mission and transition to the NATO Resolute Support Mission. No decision has yet been taken on a wider review of combat operations in Afghanistan.