«RAF personnel flew armed remote-controlled drones over Libya against Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces, it was disclosed, as the Government confirmed the first British use of the controversial aircraft outside Afghanistan.
In a parliamentary answer, Lord Astor of Hever, under secretary of state at the Ministry of Defence, said drones belonging to the United States were operated by British pilots during the Nato operation in 2011.
Lord Bates of Langbaurgh had asked for clarification on whether or not armed British drones had been used against terror suspects outside Afghanistan.
"Her Majesty's Government do not use armed remotely piloted air systems against terrorist suspects outside Afghanistan," replied Lord Astor. "However, UK personnel flew armed remotely piloted air systems missions against Gaddafi's forces in Libya in 2011, in support of the Nato humanitarian mission authorised under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973." »