§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the(a) remit, (b) timetable, and (c) proposed expenditure for the Joint UAV Experimentation Project is.
§ Mr. Ingram
The Joint UAV Experimentation Programme (JUEP) will explore the potential of UAVs to significantly enhance future military capability. A variety of activities will be undertaken, ranging from computer modelling and simulation to hands on experience of complete UAV systems operating as part of multi-national exercises. It is intended to establish an initial JUEP capability in 2003. Costs are yet to be established, but total expenditure is likely to be in the region of £65 million over a three-year period.