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Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will increase the number of (a) fixed wing and (b) rotary heavy lift aircraft deployed to Afghanistan. (124134)

We currently assess that there are sufficient air assets in Afghanistan for Commanders to do the jobs they need to do.

I announced a substantial force package uplift on 26 February which included, among other things, the deployment of four Sea King helicopters and an additional C-130 Hercules which will significantly improve our lift capabilities in Afghanistan.