Who’s profiting? UK spends up to £2bn on deadly drones


Britain has spent over £2bn on buying and developing deadly military drones in the last five years and is said to be spending more, as the flying devices are known for killing civilians in current US-led invasions.

After the UK spent £2bn on funding the development of unmanned aircrafts in the past 5 years, it attempts to invest an extra £2bn for a newer type of drone.

The figures reveal how the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is committed to pouring money into the operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Chris Cole, the founder of the Drone Wars UK campaign, said, “United Nations experts, legal scholars and civil liberties campaigners are all expressing serious concerns about the rising use of unmanned drones.”

“At a time of tough spending cuts, it cannot be right that the UK is pouring billions of pounds into developing new drones without proper parliamentary scrutiny or debate of the serious legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of this technology,” he added.

Cole demanded that an inquiry should be held into the use of UAVs by the UK military, which has been operating drones in the US-led military invasion of Afghanistan for four years.

Earlier on June 18, The Guardian reported that the US assassination drones in Afghanistan, which were controlled by the British Armed Forces, had killed civilians, but the MoD defended the act by insisting that the drones were targeting alleged Taliban members.

Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/27/263799/billions-spent-on-uk-deadly-drones/