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Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to convert short fuselage C-130J Hercules C5 aircraft into long fuselage Hercules C4s. [112688]

The Royal Air Force operates a fleet of 25 C130J aircraft, comprising 15 Mk 4 long fuselage and 10 Mk 5 short fuselage aircraft. There are currently no plans to convert short fuselage aircraft to the long fuselage variant. The balance between Mk 4 and Mk 5 aircraft will be kept under review, in the light, for example, of operational experience.