The United Kingdom has ruled out developing weapon systems capable of using lethal force without human intervention.
Lethal autonomous weapon systems use sensor suites and computer algorithms to independently identify a target and use an onboard weapon system to destroy a target without manual human control of the system.
Alyn Smith, Shadow SNP Spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the Government has to develop systems that operate without human intervention in the weapon command and control chain.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“The United Kingdom has no intention of developing systems which operate without any human intervention in the weapon command and control chain.”
Smith also asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of supporting a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems.”
“The UK considers the extant international legal framework on the development, assurance and deployment of military systems as sufficient.”