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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 49990, tabled on 24 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether armed Reaper drones engaged in operations overseas are part of the armed forces for the purposes of the Armed Forces Act 2006.

Answered on

31 October 2016

Reapers (whether armed or not) are remotely piloted aircraft and, as such, they cannot themselves be "armed forces" for the purposes of the Armed Forces Act 2006 but those who pilot them on operations overseas will be.