Tag Archives: RAF

RAF opens its doors to drone headquarters

Britain’s Royal Air Force opened its doors to Waddington, the U.K.’s drone headquarters, to journalists yesterday. Set in Lincolnshire, Waddington houses 13 Squadron, which pilots five Afghan-deployed Reapers. According to the BBC, “The RAF is keen to challenge any impression … Continue reading

Posted in Pilots, RAF | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

UK drones three times more likely to strike than U.S. in Afghanistan

From the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: British forces have carried out 299 drone strikes in Afghanistan, defence minister Andrew Robathan announced in Parliament yesterday. This is the first time the British government has announced how many drone strikes it has … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, UK | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Hundreds protest against new “home” of UK drone operations

Around 400 demonstrators took part in a march from Lincoln to a rally at nearby RAF Waddington, which assumed control of British drone missions in Afghanistan earlier this week. Chris Cole, a coordinator of the Drone Campaign Network, said the … Continue reading

Posted in Law and Lawfare, RAF, UK | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

RAF’s Reaper drones now flown from UK, not US

Armed drone aircraft have been operated remotely from Britain for the first time, the Ministry of Defence has said. It said Reaper drones had flown missions controlled from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, where campaign groups have held a protest rally against … Continue reading

Posted in RAF, UK | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

First four RAF “drone” pilots

Although the RAF already has drone pilots, the four are the first to be trained specifically to fly unmanned aircraft. Until now, all those operating its drones have been drafted in from other sections of the air force, where they … Continue reading

Posted in UK | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Nearly 450 British military drones lost in Iraq and Afghanistan

Almost 450 drones operated by the British military have crashed, broken down or been lost in action during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last five years, figures reveal. Story over at the Guardian

Posted in Afghanistan, UK | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

U.K. Stealth Drone to be tested in Australia

The drone, which is named Taranis after the Celtic god of thunder, has been designed to fly intercontinental missions to attack targets and can automatically dodge incoming missiles. The aircraft, which has cost £125 million to build, is intended to … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, UK | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

RAF drone pilots to get their own “wings” badges

Following on from the U.S. Air Force’s lead, which is considering “bravery” medals for its pilots, the RAF is mulling awarding “badges” to its armchair operators. Perhaps irony is insufficient in times like these. But for those that still want … Continue reading

Posted in Pilots | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

UK Royal Air Force Reapers to double in Afghanistan

The Royal Air Force is set to double its Reaper fleet in Afghanistan. The UK is to double the number of armed RAF “drones” flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, UK | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment