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In-Flight Refuelling: Procurement

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to acquiring future strategic tanker aircraft by adding the UK’s requirement to that of the United States. (197734)

As I announced in my statement to the House on 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 31WS, we have concluded a contract with AirTanker Ltd to deliver the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft service from 2011. It is a holistic contract including provision of purpose designed training and maintenance facilities at RAF Brize Norton, together with through life training and maintenance support services, until 2035. The US has selected an aircraft to meet its requirement but has not yet concluded the commercial arrangements. We believe that the FSTA contract is the most cost effective way to meet the UK requirement.