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Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future maintenance of the UK armed forces helicopter fleet. (179315)

Our current helicopter operations at home and abroad are of critical importance to our armed forces and are being admirably supported by both MOD and industry. This support is being achieved increasingly though long-term partnering arrangements; the benefits of which are evident on our Merlin, Sea King and Chinook aircraft. This strategy for the maintenance of our fleet includes the consideration of the future ownership of DARA's Rotary Wing Components business, on which no decision has yet been reached. As our partnering arrangements with industry have proved, any potential sale of the businesses will neither compromise security of supply nor maintenance of future capability and availability of aircraft for front line duties.