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Middle East: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL628, tabled on 18 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British-controlled military unmanned aerial vehicles are currently operating within the Arabian Peninsula.

Answered on

25 June 2015

The Scan Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) offers enhanced maritime surveillance and is used to provide situational awareness to Royal Navy ships deployed to the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, a number of Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are currently operating in the Middle East in support of the Iraqi Government and International Coalition's ongoing operation to counter the threat of ISIL.

Regardless of asset type or location, it is departmental policy not to confirm specific numbers of equipment platforms deployed on operations. Therefore, I am withholding the exact number of UAS/RPAS deployed on operations to safeguard operational security.