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Drones in Afghanistan to be remotely operated from Lincolnshire

Pilots based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire are to remotely operate armed drones in Afghanistan. The UK has doubled the number of the unmanned aerial vehicles in the country to ten.

The hi-tech Reaper drones are primarily used to gather intelligence on enemy activity on the ground, but they also carry 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles for precision strikes on insurgents.