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Iraq: Aircraft

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Answer by Lord Drayson on 20 February (Official Report col. 1006), what aircraft, including helicopters, have been found by boards of inquiry to have been lost from enemy action since March 2003; whether there was an application to HM Treasury to the reserve for replacement funding in each case; how much such funding was provided; what replacement aircraft have been ordered; and when each is expected to be available for operational service. [HL2144]

Since March 2003 nine aircraft have been lost while on operations.

One board of inquiry has concluded that a Hercules C130K aircraft XV179 which crashed in Iraq on 30 January 2005 was lost as a result of hostile action. Consequently, an application for £46 million from the reserve was approved by Her Majesty's Treasury in June 2006 and the funding was used to part-fund the procurement of an additional Globemaster C17. The aircraft will enter service next year.