British drones attacking ISIS in Iraq and Syria can be sent to Gulf to protect shipping against Iran
British drones attacking ISIS in Iraq and Syria can be sent to the Gulf to protect shipping against Iran after a tanker crisis
- Naval commanders have requested surveillance support to combat the threat from Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz
- Drones aimed at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria can be moved to the Gulf
- Commodore Dean Bassett, the British maritime component commander, said that Britain was "actively looking" for options to increase its military presence
Drones aimed at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria can be moved to the Gulf to help protect shipping against Iran.
Naval commanders have requested surveillance support to combat the threat from Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz.
The oldest Brit in the Gulf, Commodore Dean Bassett, the UK's maritime commander, said that Great Britain was "actively seeking" opportunities to increase its military presence. It is clear that an option under consideration for controlling Reaper planes, currently fighting Operation Isis Shader against Isis, is performing surveillance.
An aerial photo shows a speedboat from the Revolutionary Guards of Iran sailing around the Stena Impero oil tanker under the British flag and seized in the Strait of Hormuz
The UK currently has two warships in the region equipped with helicopters with surveillance capabilities. However, they depend on American unmanned vehicles to spot Iranian ships farther away.
Cdre Bassett said: "In recent months we have seen a dramatic change in the security threat in the area … We are looking for a combination of possibilities so that we can provide permanent surveillance." Asked what he needed, he said: & # 39; It can be a drone, it can be a maritime patrol aircraft, it can be a helicopter on the back of a ship, it can be a ship. & # 39;
Iran often sends drones close to British warships and British flagships in the region.
The UK canceled its maritime patrol aircraft program in 2010, but will replace it next year.
HMS Montrose escorts the container ship & # 39; Brighton & # 39; in the Gulf
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