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Unmanned Air Vehicles: Satellite Communications

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL472, tabled on 24 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what US satellite networks UK Reaper drones use.

Answered on

7 June 2021

In general, the RAF use a combination of Ku-band satellite links together with line of sight Radio Frequency communications and telephone networks for UK Reaper. These are used across the UK, US and NATO military systems, dependent on requirement, the area of operations and the specific task.

However, I am withholding further details about specific satellite networks as they would likely prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.