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Drones are a key future resource for British military: lawmakers

Published on Mar 25, 2014 8:20 AM
 
The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support they gave troops on the ground had "undoubtedly" saved lives and prevented casualties, said the Defence Committee. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Unmanned aircraft are a key military resource that Britain must continue to fund after it withdraws from Afghanistan later this year, a committee of British lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Britain's development of remotely piloted air systems, usually called drones, over the past decade helped to make military operations effective in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defence Committee said.

The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support they gave troops on the ground had "undoubtedly" saved lives and prevented casualties, said the committee, which scrutinises government defence policy and expenditure.

"With the final withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan now rapidly approaching, Ministry of Defence thinking must turn to the future for the UK's existing remotely piloted air systems. We consider it to be a key capability which must continue to be supported," the committee said in a report published on Tuesday.

 
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