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Nimrod Aircraft

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the costs of replacing the (a) air-to-air refuelling system, (b) wing fuel tanks and (c) single skin fuel pipes in his decision to refurbish the current fleet of Nimrod MR2 R1 aircraft. (134923)

The MR2 and the R1 are two separate variants of the Nimrod aircraft. There are no current plans to refurbish the MR2 fleet before it is replaced by the Nimrod MRA4 aircraft. The MRA4 design was costed as a whole, not by individual elements such as the air to air refuelling system, the wing fuel tanks or the fuel system. No decisions have yet been taken on whether the R1 platform will carry the replacement for the current mission system, and whether the R1 fleet would be refurbished.