Drone tech pivotal in £11m chemical defences boost

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Defence secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined an £11m plan to boost the UK’s defences against chemical weapon attacks, to which drone technology will be key.

Coming around a year to the day of the Salisbury Novichok attack, the plans outline how drones and robotics would be deployed in potentially dangerous areas to prevent human life being put at unnecessary risk.

The move has been described by Williamson as one that will keep the UK at the forefront of medical advances to combat the effects of medical agents.

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He said: “After the Novichok attack in Salisbury a year ago, the nation turned to the Armed Forces and expert scientists. From the investigation to the clean-up, the military and everyone involved in the operation have worked tirelessly to decontaminate the streets of Salisbury.”

He added: “We recognise we need resilience to face evolving threats which is why we have invested £11million into ensuring we have a world-leading capability.”

The funding will be available in the new financial year and will be invested straight into programmes that will aim to benefit DSTL scientists and the Armed Forces.

It is in addition to the £48million announced by the Defence Secretary last year to develop a new Chemical Weapons Defence Centre.

The news comes just weeks after the secretary of state promised how drones would be key in the future of defence in Britain.

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