Tag Archives: Ministry of Defence

The vulnerability of unmanned aerial vehicles

Ian Davis of NATO Watch reports that the NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) has published a study on the vulnerability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, in the contested airspace. Beth Stevenson reports in … Continue reading

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MoD facing legal challenge to armed drone deployment outside Afghanistan

Noting the range of posts on the subject on this site, a reader has sent a link to the Guardian’s latest by legal affairs correspondent Owen Bowcott, reporting that British officials are to come before a United Nations inquiry into … Continue reading

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Now thrive the armourers and executioners

American visitors to the site were in the majority last week as they have been for months, also showing the most interest in defence-related and chemical concern sites but very little in UK political issues, agriculture and a good news … Continue reading

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Is there ‘growing disquiet’ within Parliament about Britain’s role in drone warfare?

Draft proposals tabled by peers from the three major parties and a cross-bencher, require Government to overhaul “outdated” legislation relating to MoD/US bases, drawn up before drones were in use. Peers and senior MPs said the proposals underline a growing … Continue reading

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British pilots more likely to fire deadly drone missiles in Afghanistan than US – neither are deterred by allegations of inhumanity or illegality

The Ministry of Defence refused to reveal how many drone strikes had been fired by UK-operated drones until the information was required by a parliamentary question from MP Caroline Lucas, earlier this month. Defence minister Andrew Robathan answered it. The … Continue reading

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Protesters at RAF Waddington charged for symbolically breaching the secrecy surrounding the British use of armed drones

In April, around 400 peace campaigners marched from Lincoln to a rally at nearby RAF Waddington, to protest against armed drones being operated from Britain to conduct missions in Afghanistan. The drones were previously operated from a United States Air … Continue reading

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Today: Lincolnshire demonstration against the UK’s use of armed drones in Afghanistan

The Independent reports that – in a statement issued on Thursday – the RAF said it had started to support the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan ground troops with “armed intelligence and surveillance missions” – bomb-carrying Reaper drones remotely … Continue reading

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