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VIDEO: Drone squadron formed at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire

By EGrover__LE  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

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Reaper MQ-9 planes will be operated by 13 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington

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Unmanned drone aircraft in Afghanistan will be controlled from Lincolnshire after a squadron was specially reformed.

Reaper MQ-9 planes will be operated by 13 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington near Lincoln.

A ceremony took place at the base today to mark the reformation of the former Tornado squadron.

It will be the first time the armed machines have been controlled from the UK.

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Within weeks, the aircraft will perform surveillance and intelligence operations through a satellite link to Waddington.

During the ceremony a small cluster of protestors held banners outside the base in opposition to the remotely controlled technology.

IN PICTURES: The parade to mark reformation of 13 Squadron at RAF Waddington...

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  • 917199  |  October 26 2012, 9:49PM

    @ richie14 I totally agree, why tell the world, lets hope the afghans don't read the echo daily. Or maybe it's a decoy, we will say its based in waddo, but really, it's being controlled by uni students while sat in Mc Donald's ushering there free wifi, and while they think there playing call of duty there actually controlling the drone.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 26 2012, 9:31PM

    Gnome The Reaper is a multi-role aircraft and can be setup in various configurations to undertake varying roles: intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), close air support (CAS), combat search and rescue (CSAR), precision strike, buddy-laser, convoy/raid overwatch, route clearance, target development, and terminal air guidance. The photo is a stock picture of a Reaper not setup for ISR.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 26 2012, 7:17PM

    The aircraft look surprisingly well-armed for a surveillance and intelligence role. Presumably this is defence against Taliban fighter jets, or Pakistani villagers' helicopter gunships?

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  October 26 2012, 6:25PM

    Not only that Richie, but they seem to do it every other day!

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  • Richie14  |  October 26 2012, 5:13PM

    I understand how important these un-manned aircraft are. But why, oh why, tell the world where they are being piloted from? Every News source in this country has now given our enemies the precise location. Please "Think before you Print"

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