UK policy and development UK policy is that depleted uranium ( DU ) can be used in weapons because it would be wrong to deny our Armed Forces a legitimate and effective capability that can help them achieve their objectives as quickly and safely as possible. Claims of serious health and environmental effects by a very small number of people attract media attention but are disputed by most scientists and international agencies. Whether other countries use DU munitions or not is a matter for them
It has been announced that RAF Scampton is to remain the base for the RAF Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) – also known as the Red Arrows – and the RAF’s Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS).
When UN Security Council Resolution 1973 was declared to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, the RAF’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft moved quickly into action in the region.