Alec Shelbrooke: There are no plans to use the RAF's Hercules (C-130J) fleet to transport the Boxer when it enters UK service. Trials for the air transportation of Boxer by the Atlas (A400M) and the Globemaster (C-17) are planned for later in 2023.
James Heappey: The A400M Capability Programme has successfully accelerated the estimated delivery dates for all parachuting activity. The Atlas can already air-drop a range of supplies and equipment and is planned to have a high altitude parachuting capability before the C-130J Hercules goes out of service, with a low-level parachuting capability shortly thereafter.
Baroness Smith of Newnham: .... In defence procurement, contracts regularly run over length and over budget. Many civilians, many of whom are not interested in defence, may not have noticed, for example, questions about the A400M or Ajax armoured vehicles. It is a bit similar to Crossrail, now welcomed as the Elizabeth line, being four years over time and over budget. In a whole series of reports, most recently in...
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the planned equipment investments for (a) A400M and (b) F-35b will be delegated to the RAF's TLB.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which facility the UK's A400M fleet will undergo depth maintenance work.
Lord Jones: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many A400M Atlas aircraft are currently operated by the Ministry of Defence.
James Heappey: ...largest humanitarian operation conducted by the RAF since the Berlin Airlift it also validated many Defence Planning Assumptions, using the full range of Air Transport capabilities - C-17, Voyager, A400M and Hercules. Whilst the Air Mobility Force operated at surge for a period of weeks, it was able to meet all of the operational tasks asked of it. Increases in the number of available...
Jeremy Quin: Absolutely; it did play a key role. It is a very valuable asset, alongside others, including the A400M, which also has a connection with my hon. Friend’s constituency. I have visited his constituency, where there are great skills in the defence sector. I was delighted to make that announcement and I am delighted to see that investment going into that part of our country.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current acquisition cost is of the A400M aircraft.
Mark Francois: ...for Defence, how many of the 166 round trip evacuation flights recently conducted to and from Kabul by the Royal Air Force as part of Operation Pitting were conducted by (a) C-17, (b) Voyager, (c) A400M, (d) C-130 J and (e) other aircraft types.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of upgrading the A400M fleet with additional equipment to replace the C-130J Hercules in the special forces transport role.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has sought compensation or other financial recompense from Airbus following problems with the A400m aircraft.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned timetable is for the A400M aircraft to replace the C-130J Hercules aircraft in the special forces transport role; and what estimate he has made of the cost of converting the A400M aircraft to undertake the role previously performed by the C-130J Hercules aircraft.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) Airbus and (b) his Department has spent on tackling reliability issues with Royal Air Force A400m aircraft as at 20 July 2021.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many A400M aircraft his Department plans to purchase for the Royal Air Force.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many A400M aircraft were operationally available on average in each week in June 2021.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is per flying hour of operating the (a) Typhoon, (b) F-35, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) A400M, (e) P-8 Poseidon and (f) Ch-47 Chinook.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ajax Armoured Vehicles are air portable in a single lift in the (a) C-17 and (b) A400M aircraft.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Ajax armoured vehicle is air portable in the A400m aircraft.
Jeremy Quin: ...with strategic international partners to explore research, capability and industrial collaborative opportunities and deliver collaborative programmes. Specific examples include Eurofighter, A400M and Boxer. As outlined in the Defence & Security Industrial Strategy, these relationships start with Euro-Atlantic partnerships, in particular NATO and the US, and extends to our unique network of...