The UK’s fleet of 10 MQ-9 Reaper armed drones are to be operated from within the UK at RAF Waddington. The drones were originally operated from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, USA.
The UK has a number of other drones in use, including Hermes 450 surveillance drones which are gradually being replaced by Watchkeeper WK450 surveillance drones (54 of which are on order). The UK also operates smaller drones, such as the Black Hornet, Desert Hawk and T-Hawk. There are two drones in development; Taranis, a UCAV technology demonstrator, and Telemos, a joint venture with France, based on BAE Mantis.
The UK is the only country in Europe to operate armed UAVs.
BBC News and Sky News reports