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Air Force: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 26699, tabled on 28 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to procure a Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) following the cancellation of Project Mosquito.

Answered on

4 July 2022

Project MOSQUITO was a Technology Demonstration Project within the broader Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) Programme, designed to examine ways to achieve significant cost and time reductions in developing future uncrewed Combat Aircraft. As such, it was not a procurement programme. The learning accrued within the design phase of the project has a useful read across to other Research and Development projects as part of the wider LANCA and FCAS portfolio. Under the LANCA Programme, the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office will continue to pursue the RAF's plans to integrate uncrewed platforms into its future fleet. Future procurement decisions will be made in accordance with existing departmental capability planning processes.