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Defensive Aids Suite

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his definition is of a defensive aids suite, with particular reference to the A400M. (64792)

A defensive aids suite can comprise one or a combination of the following:

Directional Infra-Red Counter Measures

Missile Approach Warning Systems

Radar Warning Receiver

Countermeasures Dispensing System

Large Aircraft Infra-Red Counter Measures

Defensive counter-measures are under constant development in response to emerging threats.

I am withholding information on the precise combination on defensive aids that will be employed on the A400M so as not to prejudice the security of our armed forces.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long it takes to switch a defensive aids suite between A400M airframes; and what the cost is. (64827)

For reasons of operational security I am withholding information regarding how long it would take to transfer DAS from one airframe to another. The costs of such an exercise are not yet known.