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Russia: Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL3213, tabled on 3 November 2022

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capability of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs) provided to Russia by Iran; and what steps they are taking to help Ukrainians defend themselves from Russian UAV attacks.

Answered on

15 November 2022

Russia has attacked civilian infrastructure in Ukraine with one-way, long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), supplied by the Government of Iran. Such action is illegal under international law. The use of Iranian drones is also further evidence of Russia's increasing reliance on others to sustain the campaign and how far it has depleted its own equipment stocks.

Bolstering Ukraine's air defences has been and remains a priority for UK military support. To date, the UK has provided a variety of air defence systems and missiles and will shortly complete the delivery of almost 1,000 additional short-range anti-aircraft missiles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The missiles will play a vital role in the provision of air defence for Ukraine and the protection of its critical infrastructure.