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Air Force: Military Aid

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 May 2008, Official Report, column 7W, on Air Force: military aid (1) in which Royal Air Force fixed wing cargo aircraft baseboards can be used; and how many baseboards each such aircraft can accommodate at one time; (207414)

(2) what the maximum load capacity of a single baseboard is.

Baseboards can be used in the Hercules C130JK and C130K. There are four sizes of baseboard in use, which are shown in the following table, together with the maximum load capacity.

Baseboard capacity

Baseboard size

Maximum load of capacity of each baseboard (kgs)

C130J Mk4

C130J Mk5

C130K Mk1

C130K Mk3

48 x 48 inches

1,134

24

16

52 x 43 inches

1,134

6

6

52 x 86 inches

1,134

3

3

96 x 48 inches

1,134

12

8

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 175W, on the air force: military aid, for what reasons the RAF’s C-17 Globemasters are not capable of conducting humanitarian airdrop operations. (207845)

The RAF’s C-17 Globemasters were acquired primarily as strategic transport aircraft. The airworthiness and safety cases have not therefore been constructed to support the tactical flying required to conduct airdrop sorties. The RAF’s airdrop capability is provided by the Hercules C130 fleet.