Defence Committee - Tenth Report
Remote Control: Remotely Piloted Air Systems - current and future UK use

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 11 March 2014.


Contents


Terms of Reference

Conclusions and recommendations

1 Introduction

Background to the report

Purpose of the inquiry

2 Remotely Piloted Air Systems

Nomenclature

Automation and autonomy

Current UK operations

Systems

Current British doctrine

Rules of Engagement

Reaper operations

Personnel

A combined Reaper fleet?

Civilian casualties

Conclusion

Use by other nation-states

Constraints on the use of remotely piloted air systems

Constraints on military use

Regulation and airworthiness

Conclusion

3 Forward Programme

Integration post-Afghanistan

Lessons identified

Maintaining the capability

Training

ISTAR force composition

Emerging technologies

Watchkeeper

Taranis

Scavenger

Sensor technology

New weapons systems

Partnering - strategic choices

The USA - an existing partnership

UK-France defence co-operation

The EU dimension

Conclusion

Non-military uses

ASTRAEA

Privacy issues

Conclusion

Ethical and legal issues

International humanitarian law and international human rights law

The legality of UK remotely piloted air system operations

UN Special Rapporteur

Targeted killings

4 Conclusions

Annex A: Map of MOD Reserved Air Space where Remotely Piloted Air Systems may be operated

Annex B: Nomenclature

Abbreviations and glossary of terms used in the report

Formal Minutes

List of additional written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee in Session 2013-14

Additional written evidence (unprinted)


 
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