Armed Forces: Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Gilbert Lord Gilbert Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 9 November (WA 46), how they define interoperability in the context of A400M aircraft.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Interoperability is achieved though compliance with international standards of ground and cargo handling, irrespective of the actual aircraft type operated. In addition, there will be joint exercises and cross tasking with allies.

Loading of the A400M will be by standardised cargo ground handling equipment currently used by military and civilian operators across the globe. The A400M will also comply with all appropriate NATO interoperability standardisation agreements (STANAGs) including international standard cargo restraint systems and cargo pallet size. This will allow cargo handling to be undertaken with both foreign military and civilian cargo handlers worldwide, under the supervision of the onboard RAF loadmasters.

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