Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the relative capabilities of (a) hunter-killer submarines and (b) maritime patrol aircraft to (i) detect and (ii) counter the threat from potentially hostile submarines.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 11 November 2010

Both submarines and maritime patrol aircraft, as well as a number of other military assets, have capabilities to detect and counter the threat from potentially hostile submarines. In view of the sensitive and classified nature of these military tasks, and the implications for the protection of our armed forces, I am not prepared to provide further detail.

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