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 how much degradation to the original specifications of the A400M aircraft would cause them to reduce their financial contribution to the programme.

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)

There is no contractual mechanism for varying payments should the specification fall short, but nations would be able to reject aircraft failing to meet specified performance guarantees. All performance guarantees are expected to be met.

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