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Air Force: Snow and Ice

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what snow clearance equipment is available at Royal Air Force bases. (320915)

The RAF has a variety of Snow and Ice Clearance (SNIC) equipment for the purpose of clearing aircraft and their operating surfaces, such as runways, and roads. This ranges from specialist vehicles for clearing snow and ice from runways and aircraft to ploughs and gritters for roads. Details of the types of SNIC equipment held can be found in the following table:

Description

Purpose

Number held

Trailer Sicard

Towed runway snow clearing rotating brush and blowers

47

Rolba

Self-propelled snow clearing, rotating cutter for deep snow

18

Trailer 600L Team

Trailer towed chemical de-icing spray for aircraft dispersal

48

Trailer 2500L Team

Trailer towed chemical spray for runway de-icing

20

Hydro-Chafer

Trailer towed chemical spray for runway de-icing

3

Trailer 3000L Knights

Trailer towed chemical spray for runway de-icing

21

LADS 10,000 Litre

Self-propelled runway de-icing with snow plough

9

Douglas Aircraft De-Icer

Self propelled high access for aircraft de-icing

12

SDI Aircraft De-icer

Self-propelled high access for aircraft de-icing

7

MATT Snow Plough

Medium snow plough for clearing up to two inches of snow, aircraft dispersals

45

L Blade Snow Plough

Large snow plough for clearing runways (fits to large refueller)

28

K Blade

Large snow plough for clearing runways (fits to Schmidt Runway Sweepers)

6

Trailer Road Gritter 2000 Kg Load

Loose material spreader for roads

36

Trailer Road Gritter 1000 Kg Load

Loose material spreader for roads

9

Land Rover Snow Plough

Small plough for road clearing

14

4 Tonne Vehicle Snow Plough

Medium snow plough for road clearing

14

These resources are adequate for RAF requirements with priority given to operational stations. When required SNIC assets can be relocated as needed.