Future Large Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what the projected in-service date was for the A400m aircraft in each year since 1997;

(2) what the in-service date is for the A400m.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The projected in-service date for A400M aircraft, as one of the MOD's highest value projects, is published annually in the Major Projects Report. At project approval in May 2000, the approved in-service date was December 2009. The projected in-service date was revised in March 2003 to March 2011 due to delay in contract activation. We are currently reassessing the projected in-service date in light of industry's recent announcement that the programme is running six months late with additional risk of a further six months' delay.

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