asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many C-130J Hercules aircraft used as part of the airbridge to and from Iraq are fitted with defensive measures; and what progress has been made since October 2006 in fitting defensive measures to Tristar aircraft used as part of the airbridge. [HL2324]
The C-130J Hercules are deployed on Operation TELIC for intra-theatre transport. Civilian charter aircraft fly the strategic airbridge to theatre and link with the Hercules, which complete the final leg of the airbridge into Iraq. All C-130J Hercules deployed in this role are fitted with defensive measures.
The Tristar are used for the airbridge to Afghanistan but are not used as part of the airbridge to Iraq. Work continues on the fitting of defensive measures to aircraft in the Tristar fleet. The majority of the RAF Tristars are now fitted with defensive measures. All Tristars that fly the Afghanistan airbridge are fitted with defensive measures.