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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 35222, tabled on 25 April 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many hours UK drones have flown over which countries in each year since 2010.

Answered on

4 May 2016

Since 2010, the UK's Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) have operated in Afghanistan until 2014 and in Iraq and Syria from 2014.

The number of hours flown by RPAS in Afghanistan can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/operation-herrick-afghanistan-aircraft-statistics

Since 2014, Reaper has been flying in support of Op SHADER in Iraq and Syria. It is not possible to breakdown Reaper flying hours by country for Op SHADER. The table below provides the total number of hours flown:

Year

Total Reaper flying hours flown in support of Op Shader

2014

1,653

2015

12,698

2016 (up to and including 31 March 2016)

2,509

Total

16,860