Guided Weapons:Written question - HL5151

Q
Asked by Lord Moonie
Asked on: 18 January 2016
Ministry of Defence
Guided Weapons
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Hellfire missiles were fired (1) in training, and (2) on operations, in each year from 2008 to 2015, and what platforms they were mounted on.
A
Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 26 January 2016


Hellfire missiles are used by RAF Reaper Remotely Piloted Air Systems and Army Air Corps Apache helicopters.

For the Reaper Force, the Air Vehicles have been continuously deployed on Operations over the requested timescale. Consequently, there have been no missile rounds fired in Training from RAF Reaper. The following table details Hellfire missile firings from RAF Reaper on Operations in Afghanistan
(2008-14) Iraq (2014-15) and Syria (2015).


Year (Jan-Dec)

UK Reaper Hellfire rounds fired on Operations

2008

16

2009

32

2010

58

2011

100

2012

104

2013

94

2014

93

2015

258


For the Apache Force the following table details Hellfire missile rounds fired by Financial Year from Apache Helicopters in Training.


Year (Jan-Dec)

UK Apache Hellfire consumption in Training

Apr 07 - Mar 08

14

Apr 08 - Mar 09

18

Apr 09 - Mar 10

32

Apr 10 - Apr 11

48

Apr 11 - Mar 12

26

Apr 12 - Mar 13

37

Apr 13 - Mar 14

16

Apr 14 - Mar 15

29


The Apache Force have fired a total 1578 Hellfire missiles on Operations in Afghanistan (FY 07-08 to 14-15) and Libya (FY11-12). However, the nature of the records held means that this total number cannot be accurately broken down by Financial Year.





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