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Hercules C130J/C130K

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the Hercules C130J and C130K fleet have been fitted with explosive suppressant foam; and when the rest of the fleet are expected to be fitted with it. (75860)

A programme is currently under way to fit some of our Hercules aircraft with explosion suppressant foam (ESF). I am not prepared to disclose how many or which models of aircraft are being fitted, as this might prejudice the operational security of our armed forces. Any decisions on fitting ESF to the rest of the Hercules fleet will take into account the time it will take to fit, the remaining service life of the aircraft, and any impact on operations, as well as cost.