Equipment

Part of Isil – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th July 2015.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Procurement) 2:30 pm, 13th July 2015

I am very pleased to welcome my hon. Friend to the House. He has a considerable military interest in his constituency, not least the 16 Air Assault Brigade. The new A400M Atlas air transport aircraft is being introduced to replace the C-130 Hercules fleet, and the third of those aircraft was delivered to the RAF last week. The ongoing development trials of the Atlas will mean that parachutists and their equipment from the UK rapid reaction force will be able to parachute from both sides of the aircraft and the ramp, and it will become the air mobility transporter of choice for rapid reaction forces—