UK drones operating in Iraq and Syria could be redeployed to the Persian Gulf to help protect shipping from Iran, Sky News reported Monday.
According to the report, the unmanned aerial vehicles would help with overhead surveillance as British warships continue to escort UK-flagged tankers through the Strait of Hormuz.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has several Reaper drones based in Kuwait, tasked with flying over Iraq and Syria. These assets could be re-directed if the decision is taken to deploy drones, Sky News said.
Since the seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker by Iran on July 19, the UK has sent more warships to the region to protect shipping and has joined the US call for an international coalition to safeguard the strategic maritime route against growing Iranian aggression.