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Armed Forces: Rescue Services

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the C-130 Hercules has been chosen as a replacement aircraft for the Nimrod MR2 for UK-based long-range search and rescue missions. (321290)

The C-130 Hercules has not been chosen as a replacement aircraft for the Nimrod MR2 for UK-based long-range search and rescue missions. The Nimrod MR2 will be replaced by the substantially more capable Nimrod MRA4.

Until the MRA4 enters service we intend to use other assets to undertake the long-range search and rescue role.