§ Mr. Donald Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has reached a decision on a full-sized pilotless aircraft for use as a target drone in practice firings of the Rapier missile; and whether such aircraft will be used on the Royal Artillery guided weapons range, Outer Hebrides.
§ Mr. Butler
There are no plans to use full-sized pilotless target aircraft for in-service practice firings of Rapier. Full-sized targets may be used in development trials, but no such trials are planned to take place at the Royal Artillery range Hebrides.