Identification Friend or Foe Systems

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 54W, on identification friend/foe systems, why he has no plans to fit Successor IFF to Hercules C130J and Tornado GR4 aircraft; and whether he plans to fit Successor IFF to Typhoon aircraft.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

To confirm the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 54W, Tornado GR4 is in the process of being fitted with the Successor Identification Friend or Foe (SIFF) system transponder capability.

Hercules C130J and Typhoon aircraft are both supplied with an integrated IFF capability that is fully compatible and inter-operable with SIFF.

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Victor E. Lang
Posted on 30 Mar 2007 5:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Simple question; why weren't all the aircraft installed with the SIFF before going to combat areas, or is this another case where this government whom it has shown on many occasions since coming into being, has an indifference to the armed forces?
How many of the Labour front bench still hold their Ban the Bomb cards?