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Armed Forces: Protective Clothing

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for introducing flame retardant clothing to all operational (a) RAF, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army Air Corps air crews. (122202)

All operational air crews of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps currently have flame retardant flying clothing in the form of the Mkl6/Mkl7 flying overalls.

Additionally, a fire retardant version of Combat Soldier 95 has been developed for aircrew operating in areas where it is deemed more appropriate to wear than flying overalls. All sets for rotary wing aircraft have been delivered to the Joint Helicopter Command. Those for fixed wing aircrew are being delivered in two batches: one is currently being delivered and one will be delivered in April.