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Lynx Helicopters

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the decision was taken (a) not to fit 15 Hamden Lynx Mk 7 with DAS and (b) to install a flare and chaff system instead; (137378)

(2) when the Lynx Mk 7s of 847 NAS were first fitted with a flare system;

(3) how many Lynx helicopters fitted with infra red jamming devices and electronic counter measures are ready for active service;

(4) how many of the Lynx helicopter fleet have been fitted with infra red jamming devices and electronic counter measures; and if he will make a statement.

Defensive Aids can comprise a wide variety of systems, including chaff and flare dispensers, which contribute to the protection of an air platform. We provide our aircraft with a level of protection commensurate with the risk of the operational tasking. This involves a mix of threat mitigation measures, which can include defensive aids.

I am not prepared to disclose specific details of defensive aid fitted, as this might prejudice the operational security of our armed forces.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a requirement to fit Lynx with Defensive Aid Suites was first established. (137380)