Armed Forces: A400M

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Gilbert Lord Gilbert Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with Boeing or Lockheed the availability of C17s or C130s should they decide to cancel their order for the A400M aircraft.

Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Science and Innovation) (also in the Ministry of Defence)

My department has been in contact with Boeing and Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems throughout 2009 on the potential availability of additional C-17 and C-130J aircraft respectively. An additional (7th) C-17 is now on contract and we would expect to continue this dialogue whilst we consider the way forward for the A400M programme with our international partners.

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