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Operations of the five new UAVs are expected to begin within six weeks. RAF crews will continue to fly the other UK Reaper aircraft remotely from the USA Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.
The new batch of drones, known as 13 Squadron will be officially "stood up" at a ceremony on Friday. The Ministry of Defence said:
The UK will double the number of armed RAF drones in Afghanistan, taking the number to 10. The new aircraft will be operated remotely from Britain.
- Pilots based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire would fly the five recently-bought unmanned aerial vehicles
- The hi-tech Reaper drones are primarily used to gather intelligence on enemy activity on the ground
- They also carry 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles for precision strikes on insurgents