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Armed Forces: Aircraft

Volume 708: debated on Monday 23 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the King Air 350 aircraft undergoing conversion will be available for operational deployment. [HL517]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the King Air 350 conversion programme; and whether it is being procured as an urgent operational requirement. [HL518]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternatives were considered for the requirement for which King Air 350 aircraft are being converted; and which companies were issued with requests for proposals. [HL519]

Four King Air 350 aircraft have been procured at a cost in the region of £70 million, as an urgent operational requirement to support enduring operations this year. Although a range of aircraft were considered, only the King Air 350 met our key user requirements.