The Guardian newspaper is reporting That Almost 450 drones operated by the British military Have crashed, broken down or lost in action beens falling on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last five years. The newspaper bases That on statistics released under Freedom of Information law.
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The Ministry of Defence disclosed for the first HAS the five time Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems used in the conflicts and the number perished That Have due to pilot error, technical faults or the undesirability of retrieving em from hostile areas.
The figures show the military HAS Reaper drone lost one since 2007 - it is the only UAV Hellfire missiles That Carries as well as monitoring and intelligence-gathering equipment. The drone, Which HAS beens not replaced, cost £ 10m.
There Have Been nine broad Losses of another UAV, the Hermes 450 . Eight of the £ 1m aircraft Were lost in Afghanistan and another in Iraq. The fleet monitoring HAS halved in size Because of the incidents.
The UAV is to suffer the MOST Desert Hawk 3 , a small hand-held UAV used by the army: 412 Have beens crashed or lost in the last five years. British Forces Have been using other mini-UAVs, the Black Hornet, and the Tarantula Hawk in Afghanistan, 25 of Them Have perished falling on operations. The Black Hornet is the latest piece of UAV equipment to be Deployed in the conflict. A mini helicopter, it is equipped with a camera and video Which Gives troops still images.