Hercules Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of Hercules C-130 aircraft have been fitted with explosive suppressant foam.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

74 per cent. of the Hercules C-130 fleet has been fitted with explosion suppressant foam (ESF). Those aircraft that have not been fitted with ESF will shortly begin to be retired from service.

All Hercules C-130 aircraft that are routinely deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are now fitted with ESF.

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