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Puma Helicopters

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how long after contract signature he expects the first upgraded Puma helicopter to be (a) delivered and (b) available for operational deployment; (288837)

(2) whether he has plans to deploy the upgraded Puma helicopter to Afghanistan.

We expect to place the Puma Life Extension contract with Eurocopter later this year, though this remains subject to negotiations and final approvals. It would not be appropriate to make public any specific details of the proposed programme schedule while negotiations are ongoing.

It is for the chain of command to determine how many and which of their aircraft should be deployed and when.