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Tornado Aircraft: Manpower

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Tornado aircraft to be deployed in Operation Herrick to achieve that final operating capability. (240498)

[holding answer 8 December 2008]: The Tornado GR4 aircraft will meet the middle east theatre entry standard on deployment to Op Herrick and is currently undergoing a programme of capability enhancement. As with the Harrier GR9 the Tornado GR4 capability will remain under constant review in theatre to ensure that it is optimised to meet the evolving operational requirement.