Defence ministry blames ‘administrative error’ for failure to list thousands of UK drones

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The UK Ministry of Defence has been told to "get a grip" after blaming an "administrative error" for excluding thousands of drones from the annual update of its equipment inventory. ... Sidharth Kaushal, a research fellow in military sciences at RUSI, said the Ukraine conflict had demonstrated that drones would be a "crucial feature of future warfare". He said the UK has the same "ballpark capability" in drone warfare as other similarly sized European nations, but was far behind the large military powers of the US, China and Russia in the size of fleet and types available.