US military personnel in UK bases identify drone targets: Report

30 Oct 2016 11:27

The United Kingdom is playing a covert role in the lethal US drone program, with American military personnel helping identify targets for airstrikes from British Royal Air Force (RAF) bases, according to their job specifications.

An RAF station located near Molesworth, Cambridgeshire, has posted job advertisements looking for analysts in support of US operations in Africa, The Guardian reported.

One advert was for an “all source analyst” to “perform a variety of advanced targeting operations ... in support of employment of GPS guided weapons, weaponeering and collateral estimation, as well as utilizing the tools required for advanced targeting.” 

The resume of a US military analyst, uploaded to a British recruitment site, stated that he was an MQ-۹ Reaper ISR Mission Intelligence Coordinator at Molesworth.

The MQ-۹, which is the American chief strike drone, is capable of firing Hellfire missiles and dropping laser-guided GBU ۱۲ Paveway II bombs.

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